the first time in three years, The University of Texas at Arlington men’s
wheelchair basketball team will host the sport’s pinnacle event, the 2014 National
Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
Movin' Mavs players Richardo Lucien, left, and Ruben Mauricio, right, hope to capture the team's 8th national championship title.
Arlington is the No. 1 seed in the eight-team tournament, which opens Thursday,
March 6. The third place and championship games will be played at College
Park Center, 601
Spaniolo Drive. All other matches will be played at the Maverick
Activities Center, 500 W.
new this year, a UT Arlington women’s team will play in the tournament. The
team consists of five current students and recruits who have committed to attend
to National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship games is free
and open to the public.
UT Arlington men’s wheelchair basketball team has won seven national
championships, but this will mark the first time that the Movin’ Mavs have
hosted the event at College Park Center. The team hosted the 2011 championship
game at Texas Hall.
UT Arlington wins, it will be the team’s first national championship title in
are thrilled to be able to play this type of physical game in front of a home
crowd at College Park Center. It’s going to be very exciting,” said Doug
Garner, Movin’ Mavs head coach. “We have trained hard this season and overcome
many obstacles. The key now is to maintain complete mental focus.”
2014 Movin’ Mavs men’s and women’s teams includes 19 student athletes, among
McPhail, a junior social work major who was injured as an infant when a drunken
driver struck the vehicle he was riding in, leaving him a paraplegic. The
Sydney, Australia native eventually found basketball and earned a spot on the
Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team that competed at the 2010
Wheelchair Basketball World Championship that won a gold medal.
Kraft, a junior who is studying international finance. Kraft was born with a
rare congenital birth defect affecting the development of his hip and femur.
Kraft succeeded in adaptive sports in his native Vienna, Austria. He also is a
member of UT Arlington’s wheelchair tennis team and an internationally ranked
swimmer who will represent UT Arlington in several tennis and swimming events
- Morgan Wood,
a sophomore who transferred from the University of Memphis last fall and is
pursuing pre-nursing studies. A birth defect left Wood partially paralyzed. She
began her basketball career while in high school and committed to UT Arlington
after a summer wheelchair basketball camp.
McPhail, member of the Movin' Mavs and junior
social work major from Sydney, Australia.
said: “We know what we can do when we play to our strengths and play the right
game. The main goal now is an eighth national championship – to put a ring on
Movin’ Mavs are sponsored by the UT Arlington Division
of Student Affairs.
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. The
team’s other recent honors include U.S. Paralympic Grant, Neilson Foundation
Grant, United States Tennis Association Grant(s), two-time NASPA Excellence
Award Gold Honoree, and NASPA Excellence Award Silver Honoree.
- 9 a.m. Thursday, March 6 – Women’s #4 vs. #5
game, Maverick Activities Center
- 3 p.m. Friday, March 7 – Men’s Semi-Final
Game, Maverick Activities Center
- 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8 – Women’s Third
Place Game, College Park Center
- 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 – Women’s National
Championship Game, College Park Center
- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 – Men’s National
Championship Game, College Park Center
About the Movin’ Mavs
The UTA Movin’ Mavs began intercollegiate
play during 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. The team finished
fourth and gained the confidence and experience necessary to take the program
to a higher level. The following March, in their second year of
participation, the UTA Movin’ Mavs won the National Intercollegiate
www.uta.edu/movinmavs/ to learn more about the Movin’ Mavs.
About UT Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and
the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The
Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh
fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World
Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity.
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