Name: Michael Paye
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Classification: 3.0
Height: 5-4
Weight: 145
DOB: 3/24/1983
Birthplace: Detroit, Mich.
Hometown: Warren, Mich.
High School: Cousino High School (Warren, Mich.)
College: University of Texas, Arlington ‘09, Criminology
Paralympic Experience
  • Four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016); Two-time medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, 4th
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, 7th
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2014 – silver
  • Years of competition: 2006, 2014
  • Medals: 2 (silver)
  • Silver – 2006, 2014
Personal: 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. He plays professional basketball in Germany....Son of Michael and Karen Paye…Has two siblings Bryan and Kimberly…Married to Lena Paye…Calls Michigan, Texas, and Germany home…Enjoys being with his friends, watching football and other sporting events, working out and traveling.