Name: Brian Bell
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Classification: 4.5
Height: 6-1
Weight: 188
DOB: 2/24/1989
Birthplace: Birmingham, Ala.
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
High School: Holtsville High School (Deatsville, Ala.) ‘07
College: University of Illinois - Champaign, Urbana, Communications
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); One-time medalist (1 gold)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold
Other Career Highlights
  • Toronto 2015 Parapan Games, gold
  • 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, silver
  • 2013 Americans Championships, gold
  • 2013-14 Italian League Champion
  • 2010 NWBA Intercollegiate National Champion
Personal: Bell lost his leg at the age of 10 due to a train accident. After he recuperated and finished rehabilitation, he wanted to get back to playing his favorite sports: basketball and football. One year he played middle school football on his prosthetic. It became too strenuous to continue, so one of his mom’s friends showed him and his mother the Paralympic and Olympic training facility across town. The foundation was called Lakeshore. There Bell was introduced to wheelchair basketball and other adaptive sports, but he grew to love basketball. Bell currently plays professional basketball in Italy....Son of Louvenia Bell…Has one sibling, Andreus Gulley…Married Diane Bell…Has two daughters, Kaylan and Lia…Enjoys drawing, playing video games, reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family…He was featured as one of the "Faces in the Crowd" in an issue of Sports Illustrated.