The University of Texas at Arlington administration has long taken pride in making its facilities and programs accessible to disabled students. We recognize that matriculating through the college experience, as a fully realized member of the University community is as important to those who utilize mobility apparatus, as it is those who do not. Students are students. UTA students attend this great University to develop and expand their potential, to gain knowledge of an ever-changing world, to obtain skills to properly navigate the hilltops and pitfalls of life, to obtain marketable skills essential for gainful employment and to pursue a personal commitment to contribute.
It is the Mission of the University of Texas at Arlington Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball and Adapted Sports program to provide sport and recreation programs, including competitive athletic opportunities, for our students with disabilities. Students will have opportunities to pursue a quality education/academic development while training physical development to represent the University in local, regional and national athletic competitions. The Movin’ Mav program, including the staff members and individual student athletes within the program, is aware of and appreciates its position as a role model program for students with disabilities. This position on our campus and within our community includes the responsibilities of sharing information and educating all people about the abilities and possibilities of and for people with disabilities.
As you frequent this web site, you will learn how UTA has become a National leader in treating so called (disabled) athletes the same way they treat their able-bodied athletes. Moreover, you will learn how Movin’ Mav players have gone on to Olympic Competition and won Gold Medals for their country and how our Alumni have become fully realized, contributing members of the world community. Equally significant, you will learn how you can contribute to the effort. Thanks for letting us be a part of your life.
History of the Program
In 1976, the sport of wheelchair basketball was introduced to UTA as a
recreational event for disabled students. At this time the team was known as
the UTA Freewheelers. In keeping with the philosophy of inclusion, the UTA
Student Body and the UTA Administration took an unprecedented step in 1988 to
elevate its Wheelchair Basketball program from a recreation-based activity, to
a recognized intercollegiate athletic program. The team was then accorded the
same name as the men's able-bodied team by the UTA Athletic Council. The
Student body began to fund full scholarships to its players and UTA joined the
National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Division.
The UTA Movin’ Mavs began intercollegiate play in the 1989-90 academic year with six players. After qualifying for the National Intercollegiate Tournament, the Movin’ Mavs surprised their competition by making it to the Final Four in its first year. We finished fourth and gained the confidence and experience necessary to take the program to a higher plane. The following March, in their second year of participation, the UTA Movin’ Mavs won the National Intercollegiate Championship. And the tradition of exemplary performance began.
To date, the UTA Movin’ Mavs have won Seven National Championships. Since joining the Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Division in 1989, 34 UTA Movin’ Mavs have earned First Team All-American recognition, 28 earned Second Team All-American honors, and nine Movin’ Mavs have been named MVP. Young student Athletes from eight countries have studied at UTA and played for the Movin’ Mavs. More importantly, the graduation rate for the Movin’ Mavs is extraordinarily high.
Currently the Movin' Mavs are working to provide additional sport and recreation opportunities for our students with disabilities. See Adaptive Recreation.