TAMPA, Fla. - Hillsborough County’s All Peoples Life Center, 6105 East Sligh Ave. in Tampa, will host the last of four national trials for the U. S. Men’s Paralympic Team. Twenty five of the best wheelchair basketball players from across the country will be traveling to Tampa to compete on June 10-12. Local athlete, and one of the top wheelchair basketball players, Paul Schulte (Bradenton), will be the athlete to follow.
Paul Schulte started playing wheelchair basketball at age 14, and he is no stranger to playing a major role for the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team. A captain for the silver medal-winning 2006 world championships team, he also earned a gold medal and MVP honors at the 2002 world championships. Schulte made his Paralympic Games debut in Sydney in 2000. At age 21, he was Team USA’s youngest player. That year, the team went on to win the bronze medal.
Schulte‘s major achievements include: Bronze medal at the 2010 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Gold Cup; Gold medal at the 2007 Parapan American Games; Bronze medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games; and Gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, Mexico City, Mexico.
Other known athletes who will be competing in Tampa include Eric Barber, Joe Chambers, Willie Hernandez, Nate Hinze, Jamie Mazzi, Jason Nelms, Steve Serio, and Will Waller.
Players selected will represent the United States in the 2011 ParaPan American Games in Mexico in November and will also compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Previous trials were held in California, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
For additional information, contact Andy Chasanoff, Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay (813) 744-5307.