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Tampa Bay Strong Dogs Wheelchair Basketball Team open their DIII National Championship run against Connecticut Spokebenders

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Tampa Bay Strong Dogs warm up in preparation for their game. Image credit: Tampa Bay Strong Dogs Wheelchair Basketball Team

The Tampa Bay Strong Dogs are currently in action in their NWBL DIII National Championship run against Connecticut Spokebenders. The Spokebenders are currently ranked 21st nationally.




Other matches today include the Music City Lightning taking on the Shepherd Steelers, the Cleveland WC Cavaliers taking on the Columbus Wheelchair Club, the Los Angeles Hotwheels playing the Magee Spokesmen, the DFW Freewheelers playing the Cincinnati Royals, the Memphis Rollin Grizzles playing the Lafayette Spinners, MedStar NRH Punishers playing the Miami Valley Minutemen, and the Fayetteville Flyers playing the Detroit Diehards.


The Strong Dogs are a relatively new wheelchair basketball team.   This season is their eighth one playing in DIII.  In 2013, they finished second at the NWBA National Tournament.  The club is the result of a number of organizations getting together to support local wheelchair basketball in Tampa, Florida including Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Parks Recreation & Conservation Department, and the James A. Haley Veterans‘ Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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