Wheelchair basketball is the most widely-played adaptive sport in the world for people with physical disabilities and has been played competitively in the Denver area since 1972. The Rolling Nuggets* program was formed in 1985 – one of the first wheelchair basketball programs in the country to be directly affiliated with an NBA team – and currently fields elite-level adult teams in the Men’s Championship Division and Women’s Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), as well as the Junior Rolling Nuggets of the NWBA’s Junior 10’ Division. Colorado’s youngest aspiring athletes, aged 6-12, learn the game as part of the Prep Rolling Nuggets.
The Rolling Nuggets represent the state of Colorado with pride, competing against other NWBA teams from all across the United States. The Rolling Nuggets men’s and women’s teams have each captured national championships and have sent several players to compete at the Paralympics and other global wheelchair basketball competitions as part of the U.S. National Team.
- Denver Rolling Nuggets (NWBA Men’s Championship Division)
- Denver Lady Rolling Nuggets (NWBA Women’s Division)
- Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets (NWBA Junior 10’ Division)
- Denver Prep Rolling Nuggets
Who is eligible to play wheelchair basketball?
Anyone with a lasting lower extremity disability that prevents them from playing able-bodied basketball (paralysis, amputation, limb shortening, and joint replacement, among others) is eligible to play wheelchair basketball. Visit one of the Rolling Nuggets team pages above to contact us if you or a family member is interested in playing for one of our teams!
Can I play wheelchair basketball even if I don’t have my own wheelchair?
Wheelchair basketball players use specially designed sports wheelchairs that are faster and more maneuverable than standard wheelchairs. Colorado Wheelchair Basketball has a wide variety of basketball wheelchairs for new and prospective players to try when they are first being introduced to the game.