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  • Meet on the best USA Wheelchair tennis players

    Posted by Jason Miller

    So I hope you enjoyed all the interviews on Wheelchair basketball, but lets move on to wheelchair tennis and there is not one other person I can think that I would rather talk to about that than this guy.

    It's for sure, he's going to London and I couldn't be more happy for a guy.  I am pleased to introduce you to Bryan Barten from across the big Lake Michigan.  He is a great friend and tennis player to boot.  Congrats bud!!

    bryan barten making it big time

  • One of the best Wisconsin wheelchair basketball coaches

    Posted by Jason Miller

     

    So after yesterday I just have the bug now.  I want to give you the most and best coverage I can of disabled sports that’s it’s all I can think about.  So I was sitting here today doing my work and a name popped in my head.  Carlos Mireles, so who is that you ask.  Well he is a great guy first of all, but even more he is one of the biggest advocates for peoples with disabilities that I know.  He is from the Waukesha area and has been involved with wheelchair basketball and other sports for a pretty long time, actually longer than I have been alive, 1973.  He is a great coach, advocate and mostly a great friend.  I spent some time with Carlos and we just talked.

    If you want to know the rules of the game Wheelchair Basketball, check out this site and while you’re there take a look around and see what wheelchair basketball is all about.

     

     

    Wisconsin Thunder coach and my friend

  • UW-Whitewater's Mens Head Coach for wheelchair Basketball

    Posted by Jason Miller

     

    Jeremy Lade.  Who’s that, well he is the head coach of the UW-Whitewater Mens Wheelchair basketball team who along with the women won a collegiate National Championship.  By the way, Jeremy is a great friend, coach, and player, so take a listen will ya.

    Just goes to show you…You don’t have to be from a big city to big time.  Make sure you check back cause in no time at all Jeremy and I will talk about his travels when Team USA goes to London for the 2012 Paralympics. 

    UW-Whitewater – What does that mean to some?  Championships!  Is it UCLA, Stanford, or USC?  No but check this out:

     

    40t

    Colorado

    23

    23

     

    40t

    Arizona St

    23

    23

     

    40t

    Notre Dame (IN)

    23

    23

     

    40t

    BYU-Hawaii

    23

    11

    12

    40t

    Wisconsin

    23

    23

     

    45

    Indiana

    22

    22

     

    46t

    Nebraska

    21

    21

     

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    UTEP (TX)

    21

    21

     

    46t

    Michigan St

    21

    21

     

    49t

    UC Irvine (CA)

    20

    20

     

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    Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

    20

     

    20

    49t

    Utah

    20

    20

     

     

    Ever hear of these schools?  I bet you have.  And if you put the number of National Championships that the abled bodied athletes have won at UW-Whitewater plus what the wheelchair basketball teams have done, you would have to mention them in the same breathe.  23 that is how many National Championships Whitewater has, 11 of those come from the Wheelchair basketball teams.  Would you say powerhouse program…Of course you would and so would I.

    Thanks to Dan Price and Jeremy (Opie) Lade for being my first guests on Wheels in Motions.

    Mens Wheelchair basketball coach at UW Whitewater

  • UW-Whitewater Womens Wheelchair Basketball Coach

    Posted by Jason Miller

    University of Wisconsin Whitewater

     

    Being a disabled athlete there is not a bigger, more impressive program to play for or to have played for than U DUB DUB.  They have    National Championships which include one just won by the Women’s program.  Speaking of the women’s program, why don’t we take a few minutes with Dan Price, the Head Coach of the up and coming program in the country, The UWW Women’s Warhawk Wheelchair Basketball coach….

    Also come back later to hear from Jeremy Lade, the Head Coach of the Men’s UWW wheelchair basketball coach.

    UWW womens wheelchair basketball coach

  • Welcome to Wheels in Motion

    Posted by Jason Miller

    Welcome to Wheels in motion!

     Let me start out by saying a big thanks to Nick and everyone involved at Midwest Communications for letting me do this.  Can’t thank you enough!!

     Little background on your guru of disabled sports, me.  Well I am disabled from a birth defect called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which means brittle bones.  Along the way people have tried to stop me from playing sports, but my doctors, family, and friends always kept me plugging away.  So what sports have I played?

     Basketball and I guess I was good at it, not great but good.  Unless were talking shooting then I was one of the best, some might argue but hey this is my blog not yours.  ;)  I was 14 years old and found wheelchair basketball and have been hooked every since.  While playing, there were junior tournaments, college tournaments, where in 1999 while at Whitewater we won a college championship, then there were final fours in the NWBA Division 1 and 3 and just for kicks people thought I was good enough to make some all tournament teams. 

     While playing basketball in Minnesota where I met my first guest, Dan Price, the head coach for the Whitewater Women’s Wheelchair basketball team, he and a few others introduced me to Wheelchair softball.  Well that was a blast and again I was just good enough to make some all tournament teams and was the best rookie in 2001.  Won a National Championship with the St. Paul Saints team in 2006 and again with the Minnesota Twins just last year, 2011.

     While playing with many of the softball teammates I was introduced to Wheelchair Tennis.  Where in just a couple of years playing, winning a few times here and there in both doubles and singles, there was talk about me making the Paralympic team, but because life sometimes gives you lemons, that dream is not a distant past. 

     However with not playing tennis anymore, it leaves me time to focus on softball, and to bring you the best coverage of disabled sports you could imagine.  So without further banter, here it is, WHEELS IN MOTION…Enjoy.  

    Here is the intro to Wheels in Motion