What The Wheels Are All About
* Orlando Magic Wheels 1st place Tournament Champions 2017
The Orlando Magic Wheels (OMW) is a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) where physically challenged athletes compete in fast moving basketball tournament play. Athletes, primarily with lower limb disabilities that range from amputations to paraplegia, participate in this team sport using wheelchairs. We take our name from the local NBA team, the Orlando Magic, and wear similar uniforms.
The Orlando Magic Wheels currently fields a team for league competition within the structure of the NWBA and the Florida Wheelchair Basketball Conference (FWBC). Our team plays in the Developmental division (DIII) of the NWBA. We abide by NCAA rules as adapted for Wheelchair Basketball.
WE HAVE VALUES
To provide an opportunity for physically disabled athletes to compete in a team sport while in a wheelchair in a competitive environment.
To encourage and guide the development of physically disabled novice and experienced athletes to achieve their highest performance level while practicing good sportsmanship.
Team, family, sportsmanship, exercise, community involvement, and FUN!
Meet The Team
Our NWBA Division III team is a developmental division that is required to add new team members on a regular basis. The team utilizes adaptive NCAA College basketball rules. We field a very competitive team and in case anyone was wondering, this is a contact sport.
Contact us if you'd like to play on our team.
National Wheelchair Basketball Association 2019-2020 Official Team Roster
Coach - Jack Roudabush
Asst. Coach - Joyce Prakke
Mechanical Support - Tom Lenhart
Classifiers - Joyce Prakke, Matt Dalbec
Statistician - Krystal Kraft
Team Representatives - Joyce Prakke, Jim Moore
The Orlando Magic Wheels
00 - Kevin Greene
1 - Nick Wilkins
3 - Ray Beers
4 - Danny Smith
5 - Javi Rodriguez
10 - Jake 'Batman' Crespo
11 - Manny Rodriguez
12 - Jim Moore
15 - Greg Dessert
20 - Mark Erikson
21 - Joyce Prakke
25 - Angel Rodriguez
31 - Ken Hill
32 - Jose Rodriguez
33 - Timmy O'Neal
42 - Dortrie 'Bird' Jones
44 - Matt Dalbec
55 - Connie Sloat
Orlando Magic Wheels - Wheelchair Basketball is wholly supported by donations, grants and sponsorships thru the Orlando Wheelchair Games, Inc. (501c3).
8426 Island Palm Circle Orlando, Florida 32835 - (407) 399-3920
Who Gets To Play
We've Come a Long Way
Anyone with a lower limb disability who is coordinated enough to push a wheelchair and hold a basketball is a candidate. If you are in good condition and exercise regularly, great! If not but you are ready to start exercising in a fun, team environment, come on out. Currently, the youngest member of the team is 16 and the oldest is 60+. The team currently does not have extra sport wheelchairs, but you can try one of ours if you come out to watch us practice. Bring your family and friends.
6pm to 8pm
Silver Star Rec Center
2801 N. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32818
Please contact Jim Moore at 407.399.3920 to confirm practice times.
Wheelchair Basketball means a lot to me. It is my life dream to play on a team and I’m pursuing my dream by playing on the Orlando Magic Wheels
Your Investment Keeps Wheels Spinning
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Through sports I have refocused on the physical abilities I have, versus the abilities I have perceivably lost
Michael Johnston, USN
With all the negativity in the world today we thought you could use a bit of a feel good story. Prior to the pandemic, the Magic Wheels were contacted by the Fraser family who had planned to visit Orlando this summer. Their daughter Ellan is in a wheelchair and plays WC Basketball in the UK. Her mom, Jenni, wanted to surprise her on their trip by bringing the family to one of our practices and presenting Ellen with an official Magic Wheels jersey.
When Covid-19 travel restrictions and border closures went into effect, we needed to come up with a plan B. It took numerous efforts on both sides of the pond to acquire, package, ship, and receive the Orlando Magic Wheels kits for her parents to surprise Ellan with this summer. All the coordination was totally worth it when Jenni sent these pictures of our official/unofficial teammate from the British Isles. Any time we can put a smile on the face of a young lady in a wheelchair is a good day! We hope to see Ellan and her family next summer when they resurrect their plans to come to Orlando.
Keep The Team Spinning To Victory
Members of the Orlando Magic Wheels (individually & as a team) participate in Community Service Exhibitions to promote disability awareness in the Central Florida area. Educating “Temporarily Enabled” people of all ages is a cornerstone of our Organization. Teaching physically disabled persons to become better athletes and team players is an obvious fundamental of our core values. However, without assistance and funding from the community we live in, the burden falls to our players and their families to pay for the things that keep us going.
To Donate please make checks payable to: Orlando Wheelchair Games, Inc.
Mail to: 8426 Island Palm Circle Orlando, FL 32835
Orlando Magic Wheels - Wheelchair Basketball is wholly supported by donations, grants and sponsorships thru the
Orlando Wheelchair Games, Inc. (501c3)
Your Donation is Tax Deductible, OWG is a 501c 3 Organization, Fed ID # 59-2429792 FL
Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Registration # CH1311
A copy of the official registration and financial information can be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
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You've Got Questions...We've Got Answers
How can I join your team?
We practice every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 PM at the Silver Star Rec Center (2801 N. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818). We invite you to come out and talk to the players and Coach to see if you would be interested in playing on our team. We are always looking for new players!
Do I have to have my own sports wheelchair?
The team doesn’t supply sports wheelchairs. If you come out to a practice we will try to match you with an experienced player for the purpose of trying their chair. If you decide you would like to continue to play there are various ways to obtain a new or used sports wheelchair. We can discuss these options.
Are there fees to play on the team?
We have to pay for exclusive use of our Practice Facility so we ask each player for $120/year. You don’t have to pay that all at once and we will work with you on whatever you can afford. That is the only monetary fee, but we do ask for help with fundraising for the team.
Do you provide transportation to games and practices?
No. We generally car pool for away games (Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, etc.) and we try to hook up with players that live near enough to get rides to practices and home games.
How old do I need to be to play/participate?
Since there isn’t a Junior team in the Orlando area it’s best to be at minimum a HS student. There is no upper age limit. So as long as you are in reasonably good shape, have a lower limb disability, and a desire to play a competitive team sport we welcome you to come and play with us.
How can I support the team?
The Orlando Magic Wheels are a non-profit organization. Our 501c3 designation is Orlando Wheelchair Games, Inc. and tax deductible donations can be made thru the OWG. Aside from monetary support (which we always need), when we have a Tournament we also need in-kind donations (bottled water, Gatorade, snacks, etc.). If you would like to assist with fundraising, or helping out at a Tournament we are always looking for volunteers. Finally we are accepting applications for Board members for the OWG.
Does the team do appearances/Exhibition games?
The short answer is yes. We have done ½ time exhibition games at the Amway Center during Magic games. We have also participated in various Disability Awareness events at a number of local Grade School, Middle School, HS, and Colleges. These need to be scheduled in advance and we request a donation of $500 or at minimum enough to cover our travel expenses. Contact us to get on our schedule and work out details.