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Three former Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball players qualify for Paralympics

Wheelchair basketball player and Team USA captain Steve Serio (left) as a junior on Illinois' wheelchair basketball team. Serio, Will Waller (not pictured) and Brian Bell (right, as a freshman at Illinois) have qualified for Team USA for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Also pictured is Tom Smurr, an Illinois freshman at the time.

By Ryan Wilson

January 12, 2016

Illinois’ wheelchair basketball program continues to contribute players to Team USA for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players Mega Blunk and Gail Gaeng qualified for the U.S. women’s team and now former Illini Will Waller, Steve Serio and Brian Bell have been named to the 16-player men’s team.The men are joining a team with veteran P...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

Illinois' Gail Gaeng readies for a shot during the wheelchair basketball game against Wisconsin-Whitewater at the ARC on Feb. 13. Gaeng is one of two Illini — the other is Megan Blunk — who qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Team USA.

By Ryan Wilson

January 11, 2016

Two Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players have qualified for their first Paralympics. Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng will compete on the U.S. team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept. 7-18.They will join an 11-player team, 10 of which were members of the team that won gold at t...

Women’s wheelchair basketball coach Stephanie Wheeler translates national success to Illinois

By Thomas Polcyn

October 5, 2015

Growing up in North Carolina, Stephanie Wheeler was attached to basketball at a young age.Wheeler is the head coach of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team. During her time as head coach, the team has accomplished a lot. The team made a run to the national championship at the end of last s...