Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game

Thank you to all who attended the 14th Annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game held on Thursday, April 14 at Utica College!

This family-friendly event supports Sitrin's STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation and Sports) Program and pits wheelchair athletes against local celebrities for two challenging and entertaining 20-minute halves.

Proceeds from this event support:

  • Wheelchair basketball, featuring a year-round schedule of practices and scrimmage games
  • Adaptive paddling instruction, as well as trips to area lakes in the Adirondacks
  • Competitive air rifle shooting for individuals with disabilities
  • Wheelchair curling at the national, international and Paralympic level
  • Wheelchair road racing training for participants of the Boilermaker 15k Road Race Wheelchair Division, including the Boilermaker Wheelchair Challenge, which provides a customized racing wheelchair as a prize
  • Nordic ski and biathlon programs with equipment and competition expenses

2016 Celebrity Lineup: 

  • Michael Gbinije, Syracuse Men's Basketball Star
  • Trevor Cooney, Syracuse Men's Basketball Star
  • Robert Channing, America's Got Talent
  • Erin Hamlin, Olympic Bronze Medalist 
  • Anthony Brindisi, New York State Assembly member
  • Kristen Copeland, WKTV News Channel 2
  • Alicia Dicks, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. 
  • Joe Dunaway, Fust Charles Chambers LLP Certified Public Accountants 
  • Tim Giarrusso, Human Technologies CEO
  • David Gogola, The Harford
  • Joseph Griffo, New York State Senator 
  • Gary Heenan, Utica College Hockey Coach 
  • Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff
  • Meghan Fraser McGrogan, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce 
  • Steve McMurray, WKTV News Channel 2 
  • Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica 
  • Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive

Radio personalities “S-Dot” and “Big Poppa,”97.9 KISS FM, Matt Hubbell, Lite 98.7, Bill Keeler and Jim Rondenelli, WIBX AM950, and Polly Wogg, Big Frog 104, also represented the team. 

The Sitrin STARS program provides people with physical disabilities with a number of challenging athletic opportunities which enable them to compete throughout the country and around the world.


Learn More.

For more information about the Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game or Sitrin's STARS Program, call (315) 737-2459.