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Wheelchair Tennis Star Randy Snow to be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Anne Marie McLaughlin   

NEWPORT, R.I., USA, February 16, 2012  - Wheelchair tennis superstar and three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow has been elected for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. Snow is the second wheelchair tennis player in history to be honored with induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Brad Parks, the pioneering founder of the sport, who was inducted in 2010. In addition to his successful tennis career, Snow was a competitive basketball player and racer. Off the courts, he was an influential leader in the development of Wheelchair Tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Snow's Hall of Fame induction will be a posthumous recognition of his achievements and contributions to the sport. He passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador while volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp.

Randy Snow"Randy Snow was simply the best wheelchair player to have ever played the sport. Beyond his athletic success though, he played a major role in building the sport and he inspired so many others to play wheelchair tennis and other sports. He was among a dedicated group of people who worked very hard to grow wheelchair tennis and the inclusion of wheelchair athletes in the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been a great affirmation for the sport's progress and importance," said Parks. "It was a privilege for me to play alongside Randy and to call him a friend, and I am thrilled to see him receive the honor of Hall of Fame induction, which is very well deserved." 

Snow is the second member of the Class of 2012 to be announced, joining tennis administrator Mike Davies, who has been elected in the Contributor Category. Additional members of the Class of 2012 will be announced within the month ahead. The Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. 

"Randy Snow was an inspirational wheelchair tennis player and leader in the sport. He made remarkable contributions that have shaped the history of tennis and paved the way for the future," said Tony Trabert, 1970 Hall of Famer and Chair of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee. "We look forward to celebrating Randy's achievements and contributions at the induction ceremony in July, along with those of the additional inductees who will be announced shortly." 

Originally from Terrell, Texas, Snow was a talented, determined athlete throughout his life. As a teenager, Snow was a ranked tennis player in the state of Texas, but when a farming accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 16, he refused to let the physical challenges fade his competitive spirit and athletic talent. Snow committed himself to wheelchair sports, to inspiring athletes worldwide, and to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. As a student at the University of Texas, Snow formed a wheelchair basketball team under the direction of Jim Hayes, the university's wheelchair sports director. Soon after, he began wheelchair racing and also began training as a wheelchair tennis player, eventually establishing himself as the one of the world's best. 

As a tennis player he was ranked world No. 1 in singles and doubles in 1991, and he won 22 major tournament titles during his career. For many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Snow was a member of the United States Men's World Cup team, a competition similar to Davis Cup. Snow was named ITF Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year in 1991 and USA Wheelchair Athlete of the Year in 2000. 

In 1984, the Summer Olympics added a men's 1500-meter wheelchair race as an exhibition event, which was to be the first Paralympic event to appear before a large audience. Snow went into heavy training, relocating to Houston, Texas, to train on the same track as Carl Lewis. Snow received a silver medal, and the crowd gave the athletes a standing ovation at the end of the exhibition. He went on to win gold medals in the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona for singles and doubles tennis, and at the 1996 Atlanta Games he was a member of the bronze medal-winning wheelchair basketball team. In 2004, Snow became the first Paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  

In addition to achieving success on court, Snow played an integral role in growing wheelchair tennis worldwide, and he worked tirelessly to inspire people with disabilities and improve their opportunities. In the 1990s, he served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and he worked extensively with the National Council on Disability. Snow conducted wheelchair tennis camps all over the world in nations ranging from Bolivia to Thailand, and he developed, managed, and taught at the "Randy Snow Wheelchair Tennis Camps" across the United States. In addition, he developed the USPTA certification for Wheelchair Tennis.

Snow also served as president of a motivational speaking company called NO XQs, Inc. ("no excuses"), where he spread the message that people should focus on discovering options and finding new opportunities, and that in order to succeed, people must have a 100% able-bodied mind.

Eligibility & Voting
Election to the International Tennis Hall of Fame is based on the sum of an individual's achievements and accomplishments in the sport, and it is the highest honor a person can receive in tennis. Inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame are elected in the categories of Recent Player, Master Player and Contributor.

Snow has been elected to the Hall of Fame as a Wheelchair Tennis Player in the Recent Player Category. Eligibility criteria for the Recent Player Category is as follows: active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration; not a significant factor on the ATP, WTA or Wheelchair Tennis Tours within five years prior to induction; a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character. 
Hall of Fame induction for Wheelchair Tennis Players is voted on by the International Wheelchair Tennis Panel, which is comprised of players, journalists, administrators, and individuals who are highly knowledgeable about the sport and its history. To be inducted, an affirmative vote of 75% is required.

Induction Ceremony
Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of tennis. Since 1955, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted 220 people from 19 countries. 
The Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event. Tickets for that day include seats for the Induction Ceremony and the tournament semi-finals, and tickets are available now on tennisfame.com or by phone at 866-914-FAME (2363).

- Snow will be honored posthumously for his remarkable wheelchair tennis career during which he achieved the world No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles and won 22 major titles, as well as for his immense contributions to growing the sport worldwide. -


- Snow is the second of the Class of 2012 Inductees to be announced. The remainder of the Class of 2012 will be announced within the month ahead. The Induction Ceremony will be July 14, 2012 in Newport, R.I. 



About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis- induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport's official Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 220 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport's summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners including BNP Paribas, Campbell Soup Company, Chubb Personal Insurance, Kia Motors and Rolex Watch USA. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.


 Anne Marie McLaughlin


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Sled Hockey at Citi Pond Bryant Park NYC Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


On Saturday January 28, 2012 Citi invited the Wheelchair Sports Federation Sled Hockey Team to demonstrate the sport of Sled Hockey at Citi Pond at Bryant Park, NY.  Citi is a Proud Sponsor of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Citi invited the team to Citi Pond to show their support for the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games in London and disabled athletes. The demonstration included skating, shooting, passing and scoring.


After the demonstration, over a 100 children and adults, with and without disabilities, had the opportunity to try out the sleds by skating on the Citi Pond.  Suni Harford, Managing Director of Citi was quite impressed and had this to say about sled hockey and the public’s participation "It takes incredible strength and some real skill out there, it's terrific and they are giving a demonstration and letting people give it a try”.  Suni Harford and Citi concluded the day by presenting the Wheelchair Sports Federation with a $5,000 check to support their adaptive sport endeavors.


To see coverage on this event visit http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/top_stories/155043/wheelchair-sports-federation-demonstrates-sled-hockey-at-bryant-park 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:08
17th Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
The 17th Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament came to a conclusion on Saturday January 7, 2012 after the tournament was postponed on Sunday October 30th, 2011 due to an unexpected snow storm
that knocked out power in the Hackensack NJ area.

The first round of games made it through until the snow started to accumulate late on Saturday 29th, 2011 at the Hackensack Middle School, Hackensack, NJ.

The 5 Wheelchair Basketball Teams that attended were the Bulova Nets (NJ), New York Nets (NY), New England Blazers (MA), New York Rollin Knicks (NY) and Nassau Kings (NY).

The first day results were from Saturday October 29th, 2011 – 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

9:00 am Bulova Nets 56 v. Nassau Kings 64
10:15 am New York Nets 39 v. New England Blazers 26
11:30 pm New England Blazers 16 v. New York Rollin Knicks 56
12:45 pm New York Rollin Knicks 81 v. Nassau Kings 76
2:00 pm Bulova Nets 72 v New York Nets 18
3:15 pm New York Nets 26 v. New York Rolling Knicks 74
4:30 pm Bulova Nets 48 v. New York Rollin Knicks 71 (played at NYC Mayor's Cup - Dec 2011)

Played at other times and places:
New England Blazers 30 v. Nassau Kings 54 (played at NE Blazers Tournament Dec 2011)
New York Nets 31 v. Nassau Kings 52 (played at NYC Mayor's Cup Dec 2011)
Bulova Nets 67 v. New England Blazers 21 (played at NE Blazers
Tournament Dec 2011) - 3rd Place Game
New York Rollin Knicks 62 v. Nassau Kings 41 - Championship Game

Since Sunday October 30th, 2011 was cancelled due to the sudden storm, the games were played at other sites over a couple of months which ended on Saturday January 7, 2012 with the NY Rolling Knicks playing
the Nassau Kings for the Championship. The Knicks and Kings played it close in the first half but then pushed ahead and won by a score of 62 to 41.

Final Standings:

1st Place - NY Rolling Knicks
2nd Place - Nassau Kings
3rd Place - Bulova Nets
4th Place - NY Nets
5th Place - New England Blazers

All Stars

Class I - Dave Deas - NY Nets
Class I - Jess Markt - NY Rollin Knicks
Class II - Adam Cruz - Nassua Kings
Class II - Paul Ward - Bulova Nets
Class III - Edy Lopez - NY Rollin Knicks
Class III - Chris Kile - Bulova Nets

Most Valuable Player - Christopher St. Remy - Nassau Kings

Freddy Jones Sportsmanship Award - Tony Fitzgerald - Nassau Kings

Al Youakim Spirit Award - Terry

Thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters for making this one of the oldest and most consistently run Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in the United States. For more information please contact John Hamre
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Last Updated on Sunday, 08 January 2012 19:10
2011 NE Blazers Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

Bulova Nets (NJ) wins 2011 New England Blazers Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament


The NY Nets, Nassau Kings, Bulova Nets went to the Brockton (MA) VA to play each other along with the NEPVA Celtics and the New England Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Teams.


Hosted by the New England Blazers the weekend of Dec 10 – 11, 2011. When the weekend was over, the Bulova Nets were crowned the Champions. Bulova won all 4 of their games with ease. They started off by beating the two teams from Massachusetts then went on to beat their cross town rivals, The NY Nets and the Nassau Kings.

All tournament team honors went to David Deas (NY Nets), Chris St. Remy (Nassau Kings), Paul Ward (Bulova Nets), Steve Yedlock (Bulova Nets), Chris Kile (Bulova Nets), Bryan Melo (NE Blazers), Joe LeMar and Steve Davis (NEPVA Celtics). Joe Mendez (NY Nets) took home the Sportsmanship Award and Chris St. Remy (Nassau Kings) took home the MVP.


NEPVA Celtics 42  vs  Bulova Nets 58
NEPVA Celtics 66  vs  NY Nets 22
NE Blazers 30  vs  Nassau Kings 54
NY Nets 23  vs  Bulova Nets 79
NEPVA Celtics 61  vs  Nassau Kings 57 (OT)
NE Blazers 21  vs  Bulova Nets 67
NY Nets 40  vs  Nassau Kings 57
NE Blazers 43  vs  NY Nets 33
Bulova Nets 69  vs  Nassau Kings 30
NE Blazers 42  vs  NEPVA Celtics 44

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 05:33
Written by John Hamre   
The NYC Mayor's Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament featured 8 of the best wheelchair basketball teams from around the country as they competed for the prestigious NYC Mayor’s Cup trophy.  Now in its 11th year, the NYC Mayor's Cup has become one of the premier wheelchair basketball tournaments on the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) calendar.
After a very exciting day of games at Manhattan College’s Draddy Gymnasium on December 3, the stage was set for the playoffs that took place on December 4 at Horace Mann High School.
The Bulova NJ Nets looked like they could not be stopped as they beat the Rochester Wheels (New York) handily by a score of 70–43 in the first quarterfinal game. Josh Lewis of the Wheels led all scorers with 19 points while Dylan Levine and Paul Ward each added 17 points for the Nets.  In the other quarterfinal game, the NEPVA Celtics (Massachusetts) defeated the Connecticut Spokebenders by a score of 50-36.  The Celtics got 14 points from Bill Hill, while Josh Levine led the Spokebenders with 9 points.
The Nets and Celtics both advanced to the semifinals only to face the Nassau Kings (Long Island) and the Bay State Clippers (Massachusetts), who both earned quarterfinal byes because of their play from the day before.
The two local teams matched up against each other in the first semifinal as the Kings took on the Nets, while the two teams from Massachusetts faced off in the second game.
The Nassau Kings continued their dominance from Saturday with a decisive 52-39 win over the Bulova (NJ) Nets. Christopher St. Remy put the team on his back and carried them to the Championship game with 24 points, including a few big 3-pointers early in the 2nd half to seal the victory.  Chris Kile was the high scorer for the Nets with 12 points.
In the other semifinal, the Celtics upset the Clippers by a score of 52-36.  Once again, Bill Hill led the way with 18 points for the Celtics and Omar Benitez did all he could for the Clippers with 18 points of his own.  In the 
end, the Celtics were too much and were headed back to the championship game to try to win their third NYC Mayor's Cup Championship in a row, but first they had to get past the Nassau Kings.
The Kings knew that they had to get the ball to Christopher St. Remy and the Celtics knew they had t stop him in order to take home the trophy.  When the final buzzer sounded, the Nassau Kings were able to accomplish their goal and unseat the Celtics as 2011 NYC Mayor’s Cup Champions.  The game was close, but the Kings came out on top, 47–41. St. Remy finished with 22 points for the Kings and Steve Davis led the Celtics with 17 points.  St. Remy took home the Matthew Sapolin Memorial MVP Award as he dominated throughout the weekend and left no doubt that he was the Best in the City.
The All-Tournament Team was composed of three outstanding players from the weekend: Omar Benitez (Bay State Clippers), Dylan Levine (Bulova NJ Nets) and Bill Hill (NEPVA Celtics).
Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2011 04:09
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