Michael Paye

Wheelchair Basketball

Michael “Mikey” Paye has been one of the top scoring threats for the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team over the past few years. In Bejiing, Paye’s solid performances were not enough to help the U.S. team win a medal.

Paye started playing wheelchair basketball competitively around the age of 12 in a local adult league and went on to play for the University of Texas-Arlington (UTA), where he won two national championships. He says he'd eventually love to coach wheelchair basketball, but not until he's done competing.

Paye currently plays wheelchair basketball with a professional club team in Germany. He enjoys being with his friends, watching football and other sporting events, working out and traveling.

Major Achievements:

  • 2010: Bronze medal – IWBF Gold Cup, Birmingham, England
  • 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Wheelchair Basketball – Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008: First place - North American Cup, Birmingham, Alabama 
  • 2008: Deutschmeiser Cup Winner
  • 2008: Silver medal - Champions Euro Cup, Madrid, Spain
  • 2007: Gold medal - Parapan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2007: Deutschmeister Cup and Pokal Cup Winners
  • 2006: Silver medal, All-World Team - IWBF Gold Cup (World Championships), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2006: NWBA Collegiate Division Player of the Year
  • 2005-06: NWBA Collegiate Division National Championship, University of Texas-Arlington
  • 2004: Member of U .S. Paralympic Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team
  • 2003-2004: NWBA Collegiate Division First Team All-American
  • 2002-2003: NWBA Collegiate Division Second Team All-American
  • 2001-02: NWBA Collegiate Division National Championship

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