New York Rollin’ Knicks
After seeing the NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Basketball Game at the Jacob Javits Center in February 1998, the Knicks organization immediately agreed to sponsor its own wheelchair basketball team. On August 17, 1998 the New York Knicks officially announced their sponsorship of The New York Rollin’Knicks (NYRK).
The New York Rollin’ Knicks are part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (N.W.B.A.) www.nwba.org
The New York Rollin’ Knicks are one of twenty-five (25) teams already sponsored by National Basketball Association teams such as the Utah Jazz, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. Currently, there are over 175 wheelchair basketball teams across the country in the N.W.B.A and four (4) in the E.W.B.C.
The New York Rollin’ Knicks practice once a week, average forty (40) scheduled home and away, league and non-league games as well as tournaments in such cities as Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Virginia Beach, Toronto, Houston and Washington, DC during the season.
The NYRK open up their home site to all wheelchair basketball players free of charge during the school year after the EWBC season has completed in March. During the summer months, when our home site is closed, the NYRK rent a local gym and open it up again for any wheelchair basketball player to use, free of charge. Lastly, during the summer, the NYRK have access to Madison Square Garden on several occasions and invite players from the league to play in “The World’s Most Famous Arena”.
Founded by David Snowden, Jr., the Vice-President of Disabled Services for Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and The Beacon Theatre, The NYRK are a testament to the true reaches of basketball, sportsmanship, determination and commitment. Since its inception in 1998, the New York Rollin’ Knicks have held many exhibition games at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Hartford Civic Center, St. John’s University as well as many other venues and in front of as many as 20,000 people.
Media TV Coverage:
MSG Network, Fox 5’s Good Day New York, MSG Metro, WNBC Morning Show and WABC’s Good Morning America.
Media Print Coverage:
New York Times, Daily News, Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, Hoop Magazine, WE Magazine, ABLE News,
Paraplegia News, Sports and Spokes, Knicks Media Guide and Knicks Yearbook.
Al Oerter Recreation Center
131-40 Fowler Avenue
Flushing, N.Y. 11355
Tuesday’s 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Coach Gerry Fleming
(973) 670-3024 (cell)