Name: Chuck Aoki
Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
Classification: 3.0
Height: 5-2
Weight: 160
DOB: 3/7/1991
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minn.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
High School: Southwest High School (Minneapolis, Minn.) ‘09
College: Metropolitan State University ‘15, Secondary Education; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ‘18, Public Policy; University of Denver, PhD in International Relations/Comparative Politics
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2012, 2016, 2020); Three-time Paralympic medalist (2 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, silver
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, bronze
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2018 – bronze
  • Years of participation: 2010, 2014, 2018
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2010
  • Bronze - 2014; 2018
Personal: Aoki has used a wheelchair for most of his life due to a genetic condition called hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies type II, which results in him not having feeling in his body below the knees and elbows. He was Influenced by the 2005 film "Murderball" after playing wheelchair basketball for 11 years. Aoki made his international debut in 2009 and was named the US Quad Rugby Association’s Athlete of the Year in 2011....Son of Andrew Aoki and Jennifer Nelson...Has three siblings…Part of Classroom Champions, mentoring young people across the United States…A featured blogger for the International Paralympic Committee…Enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, Game of Thrones, history novels and Minnesota sports.