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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 Kentucky Legends. 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.

Hill 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.

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How 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.

Player Opportunities
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 or (859) 254-5701, ext. 5642.

Volunteer Opportunities
Hill on Wheels is always looking for volunteers to assist during practice and tournament. Positions include apprentice coaches, team assistants and table officials.

Wheelchair Basketball 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 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 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 40504
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

Wheelchair 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
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.
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 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 challenge strongly.

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.