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Warhawk wheelchair basketball teams to host tournament Nov. 18-19

November 14, 2016

Written by Alyssa Langer  

wheelchair playersThe University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams return to their home court on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, where they will host a tournament featuring teams from the U.S. and Canada at the Williams Center. The games are free to attend and open to the public.

The men are defending national champions, having won their 14th title last season.

"Every team has its own chapter and it is up to us to add our legacy and story to the book of wheelchair basketball," said Jeremy "Opie" Lade, men's head coach. "We write a new story every year and we will approach this year as a different team."

The women's team has won three national titles since 2012 and recently had multiple alumni compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New athletes hope to continue the tradition of excellence, said women's coach, Christina Schwab.

"I look forward to seeing their potential unfold," said Schwab, a five-time Paralympian. "They are building their confidence and I am hoping to see it blossom throughout the season. It will happen at the right moments," said Schwab.

Men's schedule

Friday, Nov. 18
10 a.m. Warhawks vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha
2 p.m. Warhawks vs. Canadian Development Team
6 p.m. Warhawks vs. Southwest Minnesota State University

Saturday, Nov. 19
9 a.m. Warhawks vs. University of Missouri-Columbia
1 p.m. Warhawks vs. University of Illinois-Champaign

Women's schedule:

Friday, Nov. 18
Noon Warhawks vs. University of Arizona
4 p.m. Warhawks vs. Canadian Development Team

Saturday, Nov. 19
11 a.m. Warhawks vs. University of Illinois-Champaign
3 p.m. Warhawks vs. Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association