2016 No Boundaries Sports Camp A Success!
In early July, the Courage Kenny Rehabilation Institute held its annual No Boundaries Sports Camp. Thanks to support from the Timberwolves for new sports chairs, no children were turned away from this event. There were a total of 25 campers, ages 6-14, from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
"They had a blast," said Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator Cara Gulbronson.
The camp featured wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, wheelchair tennis, track, field, cycling and Nordic skiing.
"Many of the kids mentioned that their favorite sport over the weekend was basketball, which was great to hear," Gulbronson said. "This camp would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers and camp counselers."
Two of the volunteers over the weekend are current Jr. Rolling Timberwolves varsity players who were on the 2016 National Championship team.
"They were great mentors, role models and friends to these campers all weekend," Gulbronson said.
"It's a great story of the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves giving back and inspring the next generation of kids to be like them."
Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves are 2016 National Champions!
After being behind 14 points in the second half with about eight minutes to play, Courage Kenny’s Jr. Rolling Timberwolves wheelchair basketball team defeated the Houston Hot Wheels 53-50 to capture the team’s seventh national championship in the Varsity Division. This makes five national championships in eight years for the team which is led by volunteer coaches Doug Dixon, George Kiefner and Robert Doyle, who combined, have more than 50 years’ coaching experience.
Leading scorers in the championship game included Grady Gordon and Holden Kowalke, with 18 points each. Kowalke was named the game’s MVP. Senior Co-Captains Jonathan Laing and Collin Evans have both signed letters of intent to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. The Jr Rolling Timberwolves are already looking forward to next year and defending their national title.
Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Proud To Sponsor Four Youth Wheelchair Basketball Teams
The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has announced it will sponsor Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s four youth wheelchair basketball teams - the Rolling Rowdies 101, the Rolling Rowdies, the Jr. Rolling Gophers and the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves.
The Foundation has paired itself with winners on and off the court. The Jr. Rolling Timberwolves have won the National Championship seven times, most recently in 2016, along with a second place finish in 2015. This is the most of any other team in that nation!
Winning is great, but Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's main objective is to focus on each athlete's ability, not their disability.
All teams are co-ed and all athletes have disabilities that impact their lower extremities who range in age from five to 18 years old.
“I look forward to practice each week,” said 14-year-old Jack Pierre, the youngest member of the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves. “My teammates have become really close friends. I have become more confident in my athletic abilities and basketball skills. I am excited to keep improving on this team, become a leader one day, and to continue my wheelchair basketball career in college.”
The Institute was named the Jr. NBA Program of the week in 2015, becoming the first wheelchair basketball league selected. It is nationally recognized for developing collegiate, national and paralympic athletes.
The overall goal of the wheelchair program is to promote teamwork, competition and sportsmanship. Teams are open to both male and female players and placement on a team is determined by age and skill level. There are no roster cuts.
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