Team Recognized By Miami HEAT!

Team Recognized By Miami HEAT!
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The Miami HEAT along with Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services recognized the Miami HEAT Wheels wheelchair basketball team for winning their first ever championship title in the Division III National Wheelchair Basketball Association during halftime of the Washington Wizards vs. Miami HEAT pre-season match up at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Special thanks to Miami HEAT, Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services and the American Airlines Arena staff for making this such a spectacular event and honoring us in an amazing way. We’ll hang this new banner proudly in our home court at Miami Springs Recreation Center.

Miami Heat Wheels at Miami Heat Halftime

On April 28, 2015 The Miami HEAT Wheels defeated the San Antonio Parasport Spurs 70 – 66 to claim their championship title. The Miami Heat Wheels is a competitive wheelchair basketball team in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).

Competing at the Division III level in the Florida Wheelchair Basketball Conference, the adult wheelchair basketball team competes in local and regional competitions associated with the NWBA. The Miami HEAT proudly sponsors the Miami HEAT Wheels Team.

See below for some awesome still images captured Wed. October 21, 2015  at the Washington Wizards vs. Miami HEAT game at American Airlines Arena. Thanks to Miami HEAT for allowing The Rebound crew to participate in this experience!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post. The Miami Heat Wheels blog aims to educate, motivate and inspire all audiences to work hard and rise above the challenges they face in their lives. If you enjoyed this article, you can find more on the Miami Heat Wheels Blog.  Support our efforts by getting involved with the Miami Heat Wheels.

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Coach Cartwright Represents USA, NWBA

Coach Cartwright Represents USA, NWBA
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Miami Heat Wheels Coach Selected For USA-Russia Training Program

NWBA coaches Parnes Cartwright (Miami Heat Wheels) and Trooper Johnson (NWBA Women’s National Team) have been selected to represent the U.S. and participate with this U.S. State Department’s good will program.

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Official info below:

The NWBA is working with the US State Department and our U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, Russia in bringing 2 wheelchair basketball coaches to the Tyumen Region to work with Russian wheelchair basketball teams.

The dates are October 18 – 25, 2015.  The program schedule is as follows:

October 18 – Depart U.S. for Russia

October 19 – Arrive in Russia

October 20 – Rest day (maybe one activity that evening)

October 21-24 – Workshops, provide feedback on performance in the tournament, discussions with local community, meet with students

October 25 – Depart Russia for U.S.

The U.S. Consulate and a local NGO partner will organize the program, coordinate outreach activities. The coaches will conduct wheelchair basketball clinics, speak at motivational sessions, and do media appearances.

Miami Heat Wheels - Team Huddle - NWBA Division III Rankings

 

The primary objectives are to share values of diversity and tolerance, highlight U.S. leadership in making sports accessible (ADA) to people with disabilities, foster relations between U.S. and Russian athletes/coaches, and promote sports and healthy lifestyle opportunities for people with disabilities.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. The Miami Heat Wheels blog aims to educate, motivate and inspire all audiences to work hard and rise above the challenges they face in their lives. If you enjoyed this article, you can find more on the Miami Heat Wheels Blog.  Support our efforts by getting involved with the Miami Heat Wheels.

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Miami Heat Wheels Media Days

Miami Heat Wheels Media Days
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Miami Heat Wheels Announce National Championship Media Days

Miami Heat Wheels, the city’s Official NWBA wheelchair basketball team, won the NWBA Division III Championship title on April 19, 2015 in Louisville, KY. Miami Heat Wheels would like to thank our fans and supporters, including Miami Heat, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces, The Leisure Access Foundation, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, and The Rebound documentary team.

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Read more about it: http://www.miamiheatwheels.com/miami-wins-national-championship/

Miami Heat Wheels Host Media Days

To celebrate this Championship victory with our fans and community, we will be hosting fans, friends, family & members of the press to Miami Heat Wheels Media Days this week. These are opportunities for the community to join the team in celebration, meet the athletes and coaches, take photos, and conduct interviews in one convenient location.

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This is the first NWBA DIII National Championship for Miami Heat Wheels and the beginning of a legacy for the South Florida community. It’s our chance to collectively raise awareness about our local wheelchair basketball programs in order to support the growth of the program and new opportunities for athletes living with physical disabilities.

Dates, times, and location information is below for your convenience:
Friday, April 24 2015 – 6pm – 8pm EDT
@NFL Yet Center at Gwen Cherry Park
7090 NW 22nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33147
Saturday, April 25 2015 – 2pm – 4pm EDT
@ Miami Spring Recreation Center
1401 Westward Dr
Miami Springs, FL
For general information or to find out how to support Miami Heat Wheels please contact us at info@miamiheatwheels.com or send us a message from our Contact Page. For direct press inquiries please contact Coach Parnes Cartwright at pcartwright@miamiheatwheels.com or directly at (917) 545-5949.
Miami Heat Wheels Inc. (MHW) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Miami Heat Wheels mission is to provide opportunities to participate, learn, and develop the skills to play wheelchair basketball to persons with physical disabilities of the lower extremities. Our vision is to enrich the lives of the participants and the community through the participation and growth of wheelchair basketball throughout Miami Dade County, the State of Florida, and the United States.
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Miami Wins National Championship

Miami Wins National Championship
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Miami Heat Wheels are 2015 National Champions

Miami has won the 2015 NWBA Division III National Championship title game April 19, 2015 versus the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 70-66 in a nail biter!

A special thanks to our fans, supporters, and donors! Also thanks to Coach Cartwright, Diana Bonet, the NWBA, Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation, The Leisure Access Foundation, The Rebound team, and the Miami Heat. Scroll down to read all about it!!

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The NWBA DIII National Championship tournament is a double elimination with 24 teams. The top 8 seeds get a bye for the first round while the bottom 16 play into the second round. Miami was seeded 5th, playing their first game in the second round against the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets.

After winning 1 game on Thursday, Miami entered the Loser’s Bracket after their loss to the NRH Ambassadors Friday. This forced a win or go home game. A win against Richmond gave the team an opportunity to get back in the running and take on the losers bracket.

The Heat Wheels were clearly focused on taking it one step at a time. A team mentality, positive attitude, and constant communication on and off the court allowed them to begin the rebound back towards the title game.

Miami pulled off the big win Saturday morning against #1 seeded Wisconsin Thunder. A huge upset for #5 Miami. It was neck to neck, and Miami was able to come back at the end with 6 uncontested points to win the game.

Miami defeated Houston next, only to see Florida Conference rivals in their next game. This was another nail-biter. The teams traded points until the very end. But Miami was able to pull off the win and maintain their composure. One more step to have a chance at the title game.

The Division III semi-final game against Detroit was hard fought and an emotional roller coaster until the very end. Heat Wheels worked well as a team, moved the ball and used a hard full court press to force critical turnovers in the second half, to WIN and make it to to the National Championship title game against San Antonio.

It was an early 9am matchup that inevitably had everyone on their edge of their seats. The athletes surely had a hard time sleeping due to the anticipation.

In a display of some of the best wheelchair basketball we’ve seen in years, Miami contested the Spurs with incredible defense, and unbelievable accuracy from field goal range.

It was tense until the very end. Neck and neck. Every free throw counted, and Miami was able to avoid committing a foul in the final minutes. Forcing two turnovers in a row, Miami came back and settled the score.

On April 19, 2015 Miami Heat Wheels won their first ever NWBA National Championship, bringing another trophy back to the Magic City.

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Thursday Scores

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 60  vs #12 Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets 45

Friday Scores

(LOSS)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 50  vs #4 NRH Ambassadors 55

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 68 vs #6 Richmond Rimriders 53

Saturday Scores

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 40- #1 Wisconsin Thunder 37

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 68 vs #11 TIRR Hot Wheels 53

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 55  vs #14 Tampa Bay Strong Dogs 52

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 66 vs #9 Detroit Diehards 59

Sunday – National Championship Game

(WIN)#5 Miami Heat Wheels 70 vs #7 San Antonio Para Sport Spurs 66

 

 

In addition to winning the National Championship, the Heat Wheels athletes earned honors among the leagues best:

2nd Team All Tournament – Manny Rodriguez and Jeremie Thomas

1st Team All Tournament – Mario Moran and Dirrick Hughes

2015 MVP – Carlos Martinez

The Miami Heat Wheels are featured in the upcoming documentary The Rebound. Filmmakers from Shaina Koren Cinematography were in attendance with the team for this years tournament, marking their 3rd year following the Heat Wheels. In an unbelievable situation, their cameras were able to capture Miami’s unbelievable comeback and the excitement of the Championship win. This was certainly a year for the record books.

So, Miami. Your Miami Heat Wheels have arrived. We’re ready to continue the legacy and hope you join us as we continue to #BringThatHeat.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. The Miami Heat Wheels blog aims to educate, motivate and inspire all audiences to work hard and rise above the challenges they face in their lives. If you enjoyed this article, you can find more on the Miami Heat Wheels Blog.  Support our efforts by getting involved with the Miami Heat Wheels.

Follow us on Twitter: @MiamiHeatWheels

Follow us on Instagram: @MiamiHeatWheels

Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/HeatWheels

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Make a tax-deductible donation today!

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