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     Hello, my name is Ixhelt Gonzalez. 
I am 13 and I love to play wheelchair basketball!!
I started playing when I was 7, when I was diagnosed with a physical disability, Orthopedic-Femoral Anteversion.

     For the past six years, I have been a member of the Chicago Skyhawks youth wheelchair basketball  program that competes within the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). During my first 5 years, I was a starter with our Prep team that was a national contender year after year and  in 2016 our team won the NWBA Junior Prep Division National Championship. 
     Last season was an important year, as I was promoted to our Junior 10` team where I'm the only female player. 
This challenge made me stronger as I worked my way into the starting lineup. One other big step occurred as I began  competing within the NWBA Women`s Division as I was invited to play with LWSRA Lady Hawks. I feel very fortunate to have my teammates and coaches as they have been supportive of my development by giving me feedback on what I need to work on to improve my game.

     Over the past few summers, I have had the opportunity to attend camps at universities that sponsor wheelchair basketball as a collegiate sport, which has helped me to understand that if I work hard enough I can be very good in this sport. I am considerate to be a top defensive player as I'm able to control my matchup  and help my teammates when a break down occurs.
Offensively, I have been developing my screen shot, which forces defenders to jump me. In those plays I am able to set my teammates up for easy scores. My coaches rely on my ability to be the best communicator on the court as I know it is the key to playing championship defense and the teamwork necessary to execute on offense. 

     I have been fortunate to have just received an invitation to the United States Women`s National Team Development Camp at the Coloroado Springs Olympic Training Center from November 9-13, 2017. By attending this camp, I have secured an opportunity to try out for the US  Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team and represent my country in Hamburg, Germany August 16-25, 2018, to compete in the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships. My ultimate goal is to reach the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo! I am asking for your support to help me to reach my goal. 

Thank you,

  Ixhelt #54

My List of Awards

2012- Ability, Motivation, and Attitude (AMA) Award, Rockford Holiday Tournament 

2014- Female All-Tournament Team, 66th NWBT-Prep Division 

2015- Female MVP, 67th NWBT-Prep Division 

2017- Gatorde Hustle Award  University of Whitewater 

My Competition Budget:

November 2017 

  US Women's Development Camp 

   $500 Camp Registration 

   $375 Flight to Colorado Spring, CO. 

   $150 Unaccompanied Minor Fee ( from Colorado to Chicago)
   $25 Luggage Fee(from Chicago to Colorado Springs)

   $25 Luggage Fee(From Colorado Springs to Chicago) 

January 2018

  US Women's Selection Camp 

   $375 Flight to Colorado Sorings, CO. 

    $150   Unaccompany Minor (From Chicago to Colorado Springs)

   $150 Unaccompany Minor Fee (From Colorado   Springs to Chicago) 

    $25 Luggage Fee(from Chicago to Colorado Springs)

    $25 Luggage Fee(From Colorado Springs to Chicago)

June 2018 

 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Youth Wheelchair 

Basketball Camp

  $375 Camp Registration 

Univeristy Of Illinois Youth Individual Skills Wheelchair

Basketball Camp

   $400 Camp Registration 

July 2018 
University of Illinois Advanced Wheelchair Basketball


   $500 Camp Registration 

University of Texas at Arlington All Girls and Youth

Wheelchair Basketball Camps

   $375 Camp Registration
   $450 Flight to Arlington, TX

  LWSRA   Lady Hawks  Lincolnway Special Recreation     Association 

$275 team registration


   $3,600 Per4Max Thunder Custom Sports Wheelchair 

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Junior Basketball season I saw over. I have been continually going back to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, once a month, to practice, train, and learn new skills alongside with my teammates.
I would like to thank the Chicago Park District (Mann Park) and the staff for their continuous support to provide me with a gym to practice.
I would also like to announce to you all that on June 15, 2018, I have received my very own Per4max Sports Wheelchair. Thank you to Mr. Pete Santucci and A 2 Z Mobility staff, for their generosity and their kindness. As well as their adorable, friendly, and lovable company mascot, Temperance. She is adorable.
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Down below is a link that will send you all to a Facebook post about the LWSRA Lady Hawks.

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Hello everyone,
I would like to share this AMAZING NEWS!!
As many of you have seen me on TV interviews about my journey as a wheelchair basketball player, this is an announcement.
Back in November of 2017, I was invited to attend the Womens Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs and live the experience of how these paralympians train and become prepared for whats to come. Before I departured from the OTC, I was invited to go back for the first tryouts by the head coach of the USA Womens National Wheelchair Basketball Team, Trooper Johnson. He is a former fifteen time paralympian and a Hall Of Famer
Back in January 2018, there was another camp for the selection of the 17-roster athletes. In which I had made it and was told to go back in February 2018 for the final cut.
As of February 7, 2018, I was officially announced to be a member of the USA Womens National Team.
The following is a liat of what my schedule will be like from here on out.
April 12-I will be going to the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) in Lousville, Kentucky.
April 15-19 -USA Womens Camp in Colorado Springs.
May 21-24 -I will be going back to Colorado Springs for another USA Womens Camp.
June 20-25 -USA Womens Team will host a friendly competition at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs.
July 30- August 7 2018 (Tentive) USA Womens Team will travel to the Netherlands, for a friendly competition.
August 16-26 -The USA Womens Team will be traveling to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World (IWBF)Championship in Hamburg, Germany.
I would like to thank all my supporters. I will keep you posted of any incoming news!
Below is the attachment of the NWBA press release.

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This picture was taken during a monthly council meeting at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St. Chicago, IL. 60638.
My family and I were invited by Mr. Micheal P. Kelly, who serves as the CEO and the General Superintendent of the Chicago Park District.
During the meeting, I was recognized by Mr. Kelly's staff members for my athletic achievements and for being a part of one of many Chicago Parks Programs. In my case, Adaptive Sport Program.
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