on Wheels Wheelchair Basketball Team
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The Hill on Wheels wheelchair
basketball team will be taking on local celebrities, the
Kentucky Legends, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Former University of Kentucky
All-American and national champion Kyle Macy coaches the
The Kentucky Legends, roster is subject to change but features other former UK
players such as Kenny Walker, Bobby Perry, Jay Shidler, Jerry
Hale and Henry Thomas. Also on the team is one of Transy’s own
All-Americans, Collier Mills.
on Wheels Wheelchair Basketball Team is a Division III member of
the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Hill on Wheels
was founded in 2002. Many of the Hill on Wheels
athletes aren’t paraplegic, but they do have some sort of
physical handicap. In competitive, non-exhibition wheelchair
basketball, the players are assigned I, II or III point
classifications according to their handicap, and each team is
only allowed 11 points on the floor at any time.
Hill on Wheels is the defending
national championship team in the National Wheelchair Basketball
Association Division III. The team is looking to raise money for
travel expenses. “They travel nationally and are actually
traveling to Denver in March for the national tournament,”
Cardinal Hill Special Projects Assistant Marley Stiltner said.
Transy graduate Julie Duncan coaches the Hill on Wheels team,
also serves as director for the National Wheelchair Basketball
Association’s National Tournament.
Rounding out the challengers’
roster are broadcasters Tom Leach, Dave Baker, Ryan Lemond,
Brent Carney and Tom Kenny. Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation
Hospital is the only inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital
in Central Kentucky and serves over 8,000 clients annually,
according to its website. The hospital started its basketball
team in 2002 and has recently added a women’s team as well.
Wheelchair basketball follows
normal NCAA rules with only a few exceptions. Athletes are
allowed two pushes of the wheelchair between dribbles, otherwise
traveling is called. The wheelchair is considered part of the
athlete, and fouls are called accordingly.
is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks
To See The Game
Hill on Wheels season follows the NCAA session with practice
beginning in September. Games are played November through March.
Regular season and post-season tournaments are played locally,
regionally and nationally.
Hill on Wheels is always looking for new players. If you are
interested or know of someone who might be interested, please
contact Julie Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (859) 254-5701,
Hill on Wheels is always looking for volunteers to assist during
practice and tournament. Positions include apprentice coaches,
team assistants and table officials.
Today, the need for wheelchair basketball officials is great.
The challenge of officiating wheelchair basketball can provide
great personal rewards. Officials must be able to bring control;
understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good
sportsmanship. A good sports official is someone who who can be
put in a position of authority and handle the responsibility
without being overbearing. As a sports official, you're in
charge, but it's the players who the fans have come to watch,
not you. If your perspective is in the right place, you'll find
officiating to be a great way to stay involved with basketball,
make new friends, learn important people skills and much more.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Officials Association (NWBOA)
is a great way to become involved with wheelchair basketball. If
you are interested, please "make the call" and contact
Bill Kuerzi at email@example.com
or (706) 884-4466 (evenings).
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Metro Parks and
Recreation Louisville and Kentucky Wheelchair Athletic
Association currently sponsor Hill on Wheels.
Hill on Wheels welcomes donations from the community to assist
in acquiring wheelchair parts, travel, equipment and facility
rental. If you are interested in donating, please contact Julie
Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (859) 254-5701, ext. 5642.
Head Coach - Julie Duncan, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation
Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504, (859)
254-5701, ext. 5642
Assistant Coaches - Tommy Horn and Marie Johnson, Cardinal Hill
Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY
Trainer - Tracy Martin, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital,
2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504
Trainer - Kara Lee, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050
Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504
Equipment Manager - Kim Molter, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation
Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504
Basketball was invented as a rehabilitation activity for
ex-servicemen with spinal cord injuries after World War II.
It was first played in 1946 and has
since developed to include a wider range of wheelchair athletes.
Today, the sport is
played competitively by more than 25,000 people in 90 countries
around the world. Many thousands more play socially in their
clubs, schools and colleges.
How to play – and win Players
move the ball around the court by passing or dribbling it. They
are required to throw or bounce the ball after every two pushes
of the wheel of the chair to avoid being penalised for ‘travelling’.
As in the running
game, one point is scored for a successful free-throw, two for a
normal field basket and three points are scored from behind the
arc of the ‘three point’ line.
Wheelchair Basketball is played by two teams of five. It is
similar to the running game, with the same size court, basket
height and near-identical rules.
Wheelchair Basketball is one of
the most popular sports at the Paralympic Games. It was part of
the first Games in Rome 1960, and has remained on the program
ever since. Canada
has been the team to beat in both the men’s and women’s
events, but Great Britain, Australia and the USA continue to
Facts about Wheelchair Basketball
Top Wheelchair Basketball players use specially-designed
titanium chairs that cost more than $7,000 and can last for as
little as six months during periods of high-level competition.
Athletes with different disabilities compete together in
Wheelchair Basketball. Each player is given a classification
that equates a certain number of points, and each team is
required to have a specified minimum points total.