TIRR Memorial Hermann Junior Hotwheels Declared National Champions
HOUSTON, TX (April16,
The TIRR Memorial Hermann Junior Hotwheels basketball
team clinched the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s National
Championship title on Sunday, defeating the Blazesports Jr. Hawks 62-56 to
claim the top prize in Louisville, Ky.
Junior Hotwheels team is made of middle and high school students from the
Houston area and Southeast Texas region.
Entering the tournament as
the No. 1 seed in their division, the Hotwheels dominated
the competition, defeating three teams from across the nation on their way
to the championship. The team previously won the National Championship
Title in 2015.
High School sophomore Carrington Marendes, 16, small forward, was named the
Male Varsity MVP of the National Tournament. “Our hard work and dedication this
season has paid off and I just want to keep working hard because this is a
really good feeling,” said Marendes.
Emery/Weiner School sophomore Peter Berry, 16, guard, was named the Most
Valuable Player (MVP) of the championship game. “It feels great that all of our
hard work me and my teammates have put in along with our coach who was there
the entire step of the way,” said Berry. “All of us are blessed and our hard
work has paid off.”
along with Woodville High School sophomore Center Garrett Castillo, 17, were
awarded Male 2nd Team All-Tournament Awards.
proud of my team. They fought hard all season long and have certainly earned this
championship title,” says Hotwheels Coach Trice Ham. “They deserve it and I’m
so happy to be a part of the family.”
Hotwheels are part of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Adaptive Sports Program,
which launched in 1997 and includes a junior and two adult basketball
teams as well as a rugby team. Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational
sports for people with disabilities.
Sport has the power to develop greater independence and promotes
social-emotional development. It leads to an overall improvement in emotional
control, social awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-concept, as
well as increases motivation,” said Peggy Turner, Adapted Sports Coordinator at
TIRR Memorial Hermann.
members of the Hotwheels team, the program has not only provided an opportunity
to hone their athletic abilities and expand their self-confidence, it has also
helped many players achieve their dreams of going to college. Multiple
Hotwheels players over the years have received full athletic scholarships to
attend universities that have collegiate wheelchair basketball programs.
learn more about the Hotwheels, visit http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/adaptive-sports