Athlete Testimonials

Learn firsthand how Team USA athletes have grown and developed through our country’s college sports system.

John Boie Wisconsin - Whitewater // wheelchair basketball

Why did you choose your college, and what did you like most about being a student-athlete there?

"I grew up only 15 minutes away from UW-Whitewater and was able to attend a wheelchair basketball camp that is held there every summer. I instantly fell in love with the sport and being able to compete against other athletes with similar physical abilities. Recruitment was made very easy and upon joining, I knew that I was going to be able to attend a school that was known for my major (Business-HR), had an environment that wasn't too big for a farm kid like myself and would push me on and off the court."

How did competing collegiately help prepare you for competing on Team USA?

"UW-Whitewater has always drawn players from around the country and world who want to better themselves. Competing against the best athletes day in and day out from a young age was instrumental in allowing me to improve my game and make the most of myself."

How did (or will) going to college prepare you for life?

"My situation is unique in that I was able to get an internship while in school which allowed me to obtain a job on campus right after graduation. The opportunity has served as a springboard for me to grow as a professional and move up the higher education ladder while still being able to pursue my Paralympic goals and dreams."