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Illini women’s wheelchair basketball set up for second half of season

Illini women’s wheelchair basketball set up for second half of season

By Thomas Polcyn

January 26, 2016


Filed under Sports

Tweet: @IllinoisWCBball is ahead of schedule compared to last years championship run. #IlliniWith more than half of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball season completed, head coach Stephanie Wheelerbr is feeling good about the direction of her team. The women’s team has now played some of th...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

By Ryan Wilson

January 11, 2016


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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...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players trying out for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players trying out for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

By Ryan Wilson

January 4, 2016


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The U.S. National women's wheelchair basketball team is holding its tryouts for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and Illinois is well-represented.Nearly a third of all the players are on the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team. Representing the Illini in Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend are&...

Men’s wheelchair basketball team continues preseason without head coach

By Thomas Polcyn

October 18, 2015


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Following a successful 2014-2015 season, the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team will begin this season’s campaign without its head coach.Just after the school year began, head coach Matt Buchi had a kidney removed and has been unable to rejoin the team since. In his absence, assistant coach Ka...

Senior wheelchair basketball Player aims to make impact on and off the court

By Thomas Polcyn

October 14, 2015


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Senior wheelchair basketball player Christina Young came to the University of Illinois for work and or play.Young majors in kinesiology and pre-occupational therapy, and minors in Speech and Hearing Science. She hopes those degrees will propel her into a career as a occupational therapist.A...

Mak Nong's long wheelchair basketball career serving him well as Illini captain

By Thomas Polcyn

October 8, 2015


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Mak Nong is an essential piece of the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team. He is a junior from Long Beach, California, who studies Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a concentration in Recreation. Nong's major is a reflection of his past — an influential youth c...

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

By Thomas Polcyn

October 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams finish 1-2 in Alabama

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams finish 1-2 in Alabama

By Peter Romanchuk

March 2, 2015


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The Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams had faced all this weekend’s opponents before, but couldn’t convert that familiarity into more than a single win each. Wisconsin-Whitewater, defending national champion in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball, highlighted the tou...

Teach For America draws numerous students from University

November 19, 2014


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The University was ranked sixth for the highest number of students to join Teach for America within large schools of the United States.  Fifty five students last year joined TFA, a teaching corps that selects college graduates and individuals with work experience to teach in low-income school distric...