Wheelchair Sports Federation
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
Handcyclers join Veterans Day Parade in NYC Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
This past Friday, November 11, 2011, 10 handcyclers from Wheelchair Sports Federation joined the Wounded Warrior Project and rode up 5th Avenue for the 2011 New York City Veterans Day Parade.  They were part of a team that honored all veterans and those who are currently serving.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:40
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