Weekly Update

Well, we had our Jazz Halftime Exhibition on Thursday. We had a great time and were very happy that the Weber State Wheelin’ Wildcats could come down and help us out. We were able to present Sam Blakely with his Gold Medal to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Friday night saw us at the National Recreation and Parks Association convention for their big ‘end of show’ party. We played a few scrimmages to show the large crowd what wheelchair basketball is all about. Then it was time for the participants to get in the chairs and give it a go. Everybody had a good time and the team was presented with a BRAND NEW SPORTS CHAIR from Invacare.

Our practices officially start Tuesday Oct 20. The Juniors and Beginning adults will start at 5:00pm while the Championship Division adults begin at 6:30pm. Practices are at Copperview Recreation Center in Midvale. The address is 8446 South Harrison Street (300 West). The public is welcome.

Our T-Shirt Fundraiser is in full swing. We are looking for sponsors, business or individual, that would like to help the team and get a little publicity as well. Here’s how it works. There are three levels of sponsorship. For $100, you get your name on the back of the T-Shirt. For $250, you get your name and logo. For $500, you get your name and logo on one of the sleeves. All proceeds go to the Neuroworx Adaptive Sports programs and the Wheelin’ Jazz. If you would like to learn more, respond to this message or email info@wheelinjazz.com. You can also begin your sponsorship online at tshirt.wheelinjazz.com.

If you’d like to help the Wheelin’ Jazz, please visit www.wheelinjazz.com. You can donate or take a look at our amazing coupons. Thank you for your consideration.

Sam Blakely Brings Home the Gold

Sam Blakely, the newest member of the Wheelin’ Jazz family, recently returned from Melbourne Australia where he competed in the Australian Junior Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Sam played a key role on the team.

Team USA played seven games winning them all and coming home with the Gold Medal. The Wheelin’ Jazz are proud of Sam as he becomes the youngest member of the Wheelin’ Jazz with a Basketball Gold Medal in International competition. Sam is 16 years old and a sophomore in high school.

LA Fast Breakin Lakers in Community

On August 3, campers at The Painted Turtle received a special visit from the Fast Breakin’ Lakers wheelchair basketball team. The Painted Turtle is associated with the Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children and is the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast.

Full article here

1st Annual Turkey Shootout Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

The 1st Annual Turkey Shootout Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held November 20-22 at the Copperview Recreation Center in Sandy. This was a Championship and Juniors Division tournament featuring the Neuroworx Wheelin’ Jazz and our brand new Jr Wheelin’ Jazz teams. Click HERE to see the complete game schedule.

We have several teams committed to our tournament. In the Championship Division, along with your #4 Wheelin’ Jazz, we have the #3 Dallas Mavericks, #5 Golden State Warriors, #9 LA Lakers, #12 Rancho Renegades, #16 LA Clippers, #20 Phoenix Suns, University of Arizona Wildchairs, and Denver Nuggets. This is a great field of teams and the competition will be great.

On the Juniors roster will be the Rancho Renegades, Seattle Sonics, Denver Nuggets and our own Junior Wheelin’ Jazz.

Copperview Recreation Center is a Salt Lake County facility. Salt Lake County Adaptive is hosting the tournament and covering the costs. We are grateful to Jeff Burley and the County for supporting Wheelchair athletics and sponsoring this great event. Click here to visit the Salt Lake County Adaptive webpage to learn more about the programs being offered for the handicapped. We are proud to be associated with these programs.

Mark Shurtleff Shoots and Scores

mark shurtleffThe Wheelin’ Jazz played host to a group of Celebrities on April 1, 2009 at Jordan High School. The event was to raise awareness and funds for the team and introduce people to Neuroworx. It was a great success. A big thank you to all the participants.

Mark Shurtleff shoots as Layne Mangum of the Wheelin’ Jazz looks on. The Celebs won the game 83-80 on the strength of 50 bribe points.