Wisconsin-Whitewater has a wheelchair basketball dynasty

Wisconsin-Whitewater is home to one of the most dominant sports programs the state has ever seen.

The Warhawks wheelchair basketball teams are national powerhouses, with the men and women coming together for 16 championships since 1982.

Whitewater players and alumni are heavily represented on Team USA for international competitions, including the upcoming America’s Cup of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation in São Paulo, Brazil. That event, which starts on July 9, is a qualifier for the World Championships in November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Jeremy “Opie” Lade and Christina Schwab know the rich Whitewater tradition and have helped to keep the standards high.

“I was actually at the very first adaptive sports camp here in Whitewater in 1993 and have been bleeding purple ever since,” Lade said.