March 12, 2016


It is that time of year again when the world of sports
erupts into complete madness…March Madness that is!  Whether it be our alma maters, underdogs, or
just a great Cinderella story, so many of us become fixated on the sport of
basketball and all the hoopla that goes along with it!  The NCAA tournament will be set by the end of
the weekend with 64 teams all vying for one shining moment.  In the meantime, enjoy all the college, high
school, and wheelchair basketball that is taking place throughout the country
this weekend!

For me, March Madness began last Friday in my hometown of
Verona, NJ.  My daughter’s 7th
grade travel basketball team won their third straight championship.  As 5th graders and 6th
graders, they had won their respective championships, so yes, call it a
3-peat!  As one of their coaches, I could
not be prouder of this group of girls who believed in themselves and their
teammates.  Before each game I would tell
the girls that it is time to “flip the switch,” meaning that it was time to
take care of business out on the basketball court and leave everything else in
the locker room.  They answered the call
each and every game.  

Since 1946, World War II veterans with disabilities have
been using basketball, wheelchair basketball that is, to “flip the switch” in
their lives.  They played in Veterans
Administration (VA) hospitals in Birmingham (CA) and Framingham (MA), as well
as at the Corona Naval Station (CA) where World War II veterans were being
treated for various degrees of paralysis.
In 1948, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) and the
first official National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) were organized
by the NWBA pioneer and Hall-of-Fame inductee Tim Nugent of the University of
Illinois.   Today, over 200 teams are a
part of the NWBA.  Rowheels is proud to
be a sponsor of the 2016 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in
Louisville, Kentucky!

Wheelchair basketball helped me “flip the switch” in 1986,
in which I played competitively for seven years.  As a fellow “baller” and Spokesman for
Rowheels, I look forward to connecting with these talented men and women down
in Kentucky next month and letting them know how Rowheels can help them “flip
the switch” even more!

Enjoy the journey!





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