Rollin' Bobcat Tim Caldwell Named to East Squad for 2011 NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic

Rollin' Bobcat Tim Caldwell Named to East Squad for 2011 NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic

February 16, 2011

Tim Caldwell, a guard for the Charlotte Rollin' Bobcats, has been named to the NBA/NWBA All Star Wheelchair Classic, which will be played during the NBA All Star Week in Los Angeles.

The honor marks a steady climb for Caldwell, 34, who's turned the tragedy of an automobile accident into opportunity, not just for himself but for others as well.

Caldwell is a disciple of NWBA Hall of Famer David Kiley, currently head coach for the USA Women's National Wheelchair Basketball team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as the Jr. Rollin' Bobcats. At the time of Caldwell's injury, Kiley was the director of the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation's adaptive sports programs.

Kiley saw not only potential in Caldwell but a gritty determination to succeed. He also saw a spirit that superseded both the injury and the recovery. After his injury in 2002, Caldwell's friends and family decided to create a benefit golf tournament to raise money for a car and the adaptive equipment he would need to drive again. The event was very successful and even though it could have been run for him again, Caldwell suggested making the golf tournament a fund-raiser, first for the CIR Adaptive Sports program and later for the Rollin' Bobcats junior and adult teams. Not only that, he took on the responsibility of being the primary organizer of the event for several years.

That was until he went to college, more accurately back to college. Caldwell had already earned his BA degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and was then working for Wachovia but his basketball skills had improved so much that he was offered a scholarship to play for the University of Texas-Arlington's nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team where he rejoined another former Rollin' Bobcat All Star, David Wilkes. The UTA Mavericks are consistently one of the top teams in the nation so this was no small recognition of how far he had come. In his last season, he was named an Academic All-American and invited to try out for the USA national team. Now, three years and two masters degrees (MBA and MS in market research) later, Caldwell is back with the Bobcats and a NBA/NWBA All Star.

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