Earlier today, Seattle Adaptive Sports announced that Seattle Sonics head coach Christian Burkett named to Team USA coaching staff had been named to the United States men’s national wheelchair basketball team coaching staff.
In making their announcement, they said of Burkett, “Christian Burkett, your desire to make a difference has grown into a passion that has changed the life’s of many. Your vision for your players and all our athletes has developed a strong program that is growing steadily. You may have not seen it coming, yet it is no surprise to us…. Congratulations on being chosen to the U.S. National Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team staff. We could not be prouder and know you will have a contributing factor to the team this season. Wishing you an amazing experience next week at the USA hosted tournament for men’s teams around the world.”
Burkett became the Championship Division coach for the Seattle Sonics in 2009, after some hesitancy about his ability to succeed in the role. He took the job because he understood the importance of physical activity for people with disabilities because he has siblings with disabilities who wanted to be active in sport. His team goes into the NWBA’s national championships ranked thirteenth in the nation. In his role with the Sonics, he has also held drop-in wheelchair basketball training sessions open to anyone interested in playing the sport. In addition, he has assisted with high performance wheelchair basketball training as part of a program through British Colombia Wheelchair Basketball.