Lebanon native and Paralympic gold medalist Ryan Neiswender will again represent the United States at the highest level of wheelchair basketball.

On Saturday, Neiswender was named to the 2022 Toyota Team USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships. The tournament will be held Nov. 16 to 27 in Dubai.

Neiswender and other players to make the cut showed their stuff at a selection camp held Aug. 11 to 13 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“This camp was an unprecedented experience for our athletes and staff as we completed our second selection camp announcing a final roster in one year,” said head coach Robb Taylor in a press release. “From athletes new to the pool to those having just returned with a gold medal from the Americas Cup, it was great to see the devotion and energy put forth by all the athletes in attendance at camp.”

Sixteen men’s teams and twelve women’s teams will compete in the championship event. The U.S. Men’s National Team earned their spot with a gold-medal victory at the Americas Cup in Brazil.

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The 12-man squad will now train together over the next few months to prepare for the tournament.

“We know there is great potential for this team and are going to put in the work to achieve our goal of a podium finish at Worlds,” said Taylor.

Also joining Neiswender on the team are fellow 2020 Tokyo Paralympics gold medalists Brian Bell, Trevon Jenifer, Jorge Sanchez, and John Boie. Tokyo teammate Michael Paye will also be in the mix working as an assistant coach.

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Said Neiswender on Facebook of making the roster: “Honored to be selected to the team and represent Team USA at Worlds! It’s go time!!”

Find the full roster below. To stay in the loop as the championship approaches, follow the National Wheelchair Basketball Association on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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