National Wheelchair Basketball Association Receives 2014 Sports-Travel Award
Synopsis: NWBA announced as recipient of 2014 Sports-Travel Award, Best Amateur Single Sport Event, for National Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.(1)
Author: National Wheelchair Basketball Association Contact: nwba.org
Published: 2014-11-26 Updated: 2016-09-23
The NWBA is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2014 Sports-Travel Award, Best Amateur Single Sport Event, for the 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
The tournament featured teams from around the country and consisted of a Championship, Division III, Women's, Junior 10' and a Junior Prep Division Championship Game. The event also included an Armed Services Salute Game and a sponsored Juniors-only shoot out. Many Louisville celebrities including TV personalities, sports anchors and the mayor of Louisville attended and participated in the weekend long event. Over 1,000 athletes on over 80 teams competed non-stop, at the Kentucky Championships. Aside from the Paralympic Games, the NWBA National Tournament is the largest disabled sporting event in the world.
The Sports-Travel Awards program bestows honors at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels.
Criteria for nomination and voting included superior organization of and attendance at the event, a superior experience for the competitors and/or spectators at the event and how the site or venue served to enhance the event. The Championships event was voted by the readers of Sports-Travel and recognized by peers as the winner for the amateur single-sport event in the sports-event industry. "Events such as this one are a prime example of the achievement of excellence in the organization and management of sporting events," said Timothy Schneider, publisher of Sports-Travel magazine, which organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo. "Sports-Travel readers are the leaders of the sports-event industry and they know what it takes to execute a high-quality event. The Sports-Travel Awards program is an opportunity for them to honor their peers for a job well done."
Past winners of Sports-Travel Awards have included 2012 Olympic Summer Games, 2012 Army-Navy Football Game, the 2013 NBA Finals and the 2012 Ryder Cup. Last year's winner for the Best Amateur Single Sport Event was awarded to the 2013 Sandy Hook Run for the Families in Hartford, CT. The NWBA is proud and excited to be recognized alongside such significant events. "It was an honor to be recognized alongside the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 National Basketball Championships, the 2014 Boston Marathon and the great 2013 Iron Bowl. The NWBA Board and staff would like to thank our players and coaches, the local organizing committee and the city of Louisville who made this award possible. We also would like to thank Tim Schneider, Publisher of Sports-Travel for helping to create and recognize excellence" said Executive Director of the NWBA, Randy Schubert.
Back row (left to right): Emcee, Matt Iseman; Thomas Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association; Marc Riker, CEO of the National Senior Games Association; Ted Metellus, Director of Course Operations with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon; Tim Schneider, Publisher of SportsTravel magazine. Front row (left to right): Bill Boggs, Senior Vice-President and Event Director of NCA & NDA; Danny Heinsohn, Founder of My Hometown Heroes; Meb Keflezighi, Winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon; Randy Schubert, Executive Director, National Wheelchair Basketball Association; Thomas Ziebart, Senior Operations Manager for Ironman.
The NWBA would like to thank all those who voted for the National Tournament, the athletes, spectators, local partners, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event so special and exceptional.
Founded in 1948 by American WWII veterans, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association is recognized by the USOC as the official governing body for wheelchair basketball in the United States. The NWBA provides qualified individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play, learn and compete in the sport of wheelchair basketball. It is the oldest and largest DSO (Disabled Sports Organization) and is the only paralympic sport organization that is able to offer college scholarships for its athletes. The NWBA is comprised of over 2700 members that make up the men's, women's, intercollegiate and youth teams which span across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA is a nonprofit (501c), charitable organization recognized by US Congress and the American member of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).
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