Recently we published a blog post highlighting the Coastal Chairmen - the Coastal Adaptive Sports wheelchair basketball team and how they were on an awesome winning streak. Almost two months later, and at the end of the season, the Coastal Chairmen adaptive basketball team have held their winning streak and completed the regular season at 20-2. How fantastic is that?!
Though the regular season may be over, the Coastal Chairmen will be competing in the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference on February 29- March 1, 2020 at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The championship will feature eight teams from North and South Carolina who will vie to win this year’s title.
Coastal Chairmen’s hard work isn’t just gaining them local recognition - the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) ranked them #5 in the national in their January Power rankings. The rankings, which are calculated once a month, feature the top 20 teams out of the 60 Division 3 teams. January was the first month that the Coastal Chairmen cracked the top 5!
But the great news doesn’t stop there - the Coastal Chairmen’s great rankings and awesome winning streak landed them an invitation to the Nationals in Wichita, Kansas from March 12-14, 2020. Only the top 16 teams in the country get invited to the Nationals, and while the Chairmen were super excited about this recognition, they unfortunately had to decline due to unforeseen circumstances.
Even though they won’t be going to the Nationals this year, that doesn’t mean they don’t have their eye on the prize for next year. After all, this team means business.
When asked why the Coastal Chairmen adaptive basketball team is so successful, director Jesse Lind from Coastal Adaptive Sports said:
“Ultimately, I believe we’ve had success because of our team chemistry. We seem to genuinely like and respect one another. We encourage each other. Everyone is coachable for the most part. The veterans are always passing on their knowledge and the younger players seem to soak it up. We play to our strengths. Everyone has a role. Every player does not need to be a scorer. Some players rebound. Some players play great defense or handle the ball. We don’t ask our players to be what they are not. We also are led by a great coach and assistant coach. We are willing to make mid game adjustments and we never quit. “
If you’re interested in seeing the Coastal Chairmen in action, be sure to check them out at the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference on February 29-March 1 at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center at 1030 Possum Trot Rd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
Wanna get involved? You may also volunteer to help out with a Coastal Adaptive Sports event by clicking here.