Daily Bread for 11.18.21: UW-Whitewater resumes annual wheelchair basketball tournament

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 35.  Sunrise is 6:51 AM and sunset 4:28 PM for 9h 36m 37s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 99.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s CDA meets at 5:30 PM.

 On this day in 1928, Walt Disney Studio releases the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

 Megan Hart reports Dominant wheelchair basketball teams back in action at UW-Whitewater: ‘They turn out Paralympic athletes like crazy’:

When the United States won gold in men’s wheelchair basketball at the Tokyo Paralympics this year, Wisconsin native Christina Schwab was on the sidelines as a coach.

For the three-time Paralympic gold medalist, it was her first time coaching internationally.

“It opened my eyes to so many things that happen behind the scenes that you don’t see when you’re an athlete, and it also gave me the opportunity to learn from some really successful coaches and some really successful athletes,” she said.

She brought those lessons back to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she coaches the women’s wheelchair basketball squad. Schwab isn’t an alum, but she credits UW-Whitewater for much of her own success as an athlete and coach. When she was younger, Schwab attended camps at UW-Whitewater and later used its facilities for training. And she’s not the only successful Paralympian with ties to the school.

There were five former UW-Whitewater players on the Team USA squad Schwab coached in Tokyo. Between men and women, the school has won 16 intercollegiate titles in the sport since 1982. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may be the only other program that boasts a longer history of dominance in the sport.

A few teams might stand out when you think about the most successful programs in sports: the New York Yankees, the Green Bay Packers, the U.S. women’s national soccer team. UW-Whitewater wheelchair basketball could easily be added to the list.

And the teams are back in action after almost two years off due to COVID-19.

So very well done.

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