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TIRR Hotwheels Win the National Championship

TIRR (April25, 2013)

The TIRR Hotwheels, TIRR Memorial Hermann's junior wheelchair basketball team, competed in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's (NWBA) national championship tournament from April 17 through April 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hotwheels were ranked No. 1 in the junior division, heading into the tournament.

Since 1997, the TIRR Hotwheels team has competed in the NWBA Junior's Division. Led by Genny Gomez, recreational therapists at TIRR Memorial Hermann and the team's head coach for the past five years, the Hotwheels have come a long way since inception.

The elite squad has traveled all over the country, owning the competition in tournaments in places like Philadelphia, Dallas, and Minnesota.  And this year, the team obtained a number-one ranking for the first time in its 15-year existence.

TIRR Hotwheels, comprised of students aged 8 to 18, ascended to the top spot in the junior's league.  After an intense competition, the Hotwheels brought home the national championship!  Video of the championship game can be accessed at .



About TIRR Memorial Hermann

TIRR Memorial Hermann changes lives by improving outcomes, offering hope and maximizing independence for people affected by disabling injury or illness. Recognized among the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the country, TIRR Memorial Hermann serves as a model for interdisciplinary rehabilitation services, patient care, education and research.

TIRR Memorial Hermann is a 119-bed nonprofit rehabilitation hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.  Founded in 1959, TIRR Memorial Hermann has been named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report for 23 consecutive years.  TIRR Memorial Hermann provides rehabilitation services for individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, amputations and neuromuscular disorders.

TIRR Memorial Hermann's reputation is based on more than 50 years of experience in rehabilitation and research, the high caliber of its physician partners and clinical staff, and its comprehensive programs and services. TIRR Memorial Hermann is also recognized for a long-standing commitment to educating patients, families, healthcare professionals, caregivers and the general public about rehabilitation. Extending knowledge and resources into the community remains a top priority and part of TIRR Memorial Hermann's pledge to make a difference in the lives of those recovering from disabling injury and illness.