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February 7, 2008

NBA Announces NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic

Two representatives from the Golden State Warriors' NWBA team will take part in this year's All-Star Wheelchair Classic. (photo: Gregory Shamus/NBAE/Getty)
Today the NBA announced the twenty-four top wheelchair basketball players from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association who will participate in the 2008 NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic. The game will be held on Thursday, Feb.14 at 5:00 p.m. CT at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center during NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

As part of the NBA Cares All-Star community outreach activities, NWBA All-Stars will host their annual basketball clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m. CT, for over 75 young athletes, some of them also wheelchair-bound, at Dryades YMCA in New Orleans.

“NBA All-Star is a great showcase for our game since it gives fans a front row seat to the skill displayed by our athletes,” said Todd Hatfield, NWBA Executive Director. “Also, thanks to the NBA Cares program, our players will be able to show young athletes what they can achieve.”

A tradition started during NBA All-Star 1998, the NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic will feature top wheelchair athletes selected from wheelchair teams that are members of the NWBA. The players, selected by the NWBA, are divided into East and West All-Stars. For more information on the NWBA go to www.NWBA.org.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is comprised of over 200 basketball teams within twenty-two conferences. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada.


NWBA East All-Star Team NWBA West All-Star Team
Donnie Langford - Charlotte Rollin' Bobcats Christina Ripp - Denver Rolling Nuggets
Juan Woidtke - Cleveland Cavaliers Paul "Taz" Capasso - Denver Rolling Nuggets
Jeff Glasbrenner - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Rob Knight - Denver Rolling Nuggets
Paul Schulte - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Chuck Gill - Golden State Warriors
Jason Nelms - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks (DII) Trooper Johnson - Golden State Warriors
Bobbie Nickleberry - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks (DII) Luis Blancas - LA Clippers
Mike Looney - Magee Sixers William Arriaga - LA Fast Breakin Lakers
Carlos Ocasio - Miami Heat Wheels Mike Garafola -LA Lakers
Jake Counts - Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks Tommy Schroeder - Phoenix Suns
Allen Champaign - New Orleans Hornets David Gonzales - San Antonio Spurs (DII)
David Snowden - New York Rollin’ Knicks Jeff Griffin - Utah Wheelin' Jazz
Eddie Lopez - New York Rollin’ Knicks Jeff Townsend - Utah Wheelin' Jazz

Fans can call 1-866-NBA-JAMS or log on to NBA.com/jamsession for more information on NBA All-Star Jam Session.

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