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Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game

Thank you to all who attended the 12th Annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game held on Thursday, April 10th 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!

The 2014 Celebrity lineup featured:

  • SU Men's Basketball Stars C.J. Fair & Baye-Moussa Keita
  • Olympic Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin
  • Ultimate Fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill
  • Illusionists Leon Etienne and Romy Low of America's Got Talent!
  • Alex Carbone, Carbone Auto Group
  • Kristen Copeland, WKTV
  • Steve Giuffrida, BNY Mellon
  • Joseph Griffo, New York State Senator
  • Gary Heenan, Utica College Men’s Hockey Coach
  • David Gogola, The Hartford
  • Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff
  • Steve McMurray, WKTV
  • Joe Meher, Best Buy
  • Sean "S-Dot" Morelle, KISS-FM
  • Tom Neumann, First Source Federal Credit Union
  • Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica
  • Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
  • Mark Richards, Lite 98.7
  • Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
  • Gary "Big Poppa" Spears, KISS-FM
  • Symeon Tsoupelis, Jr., Symeon’s Greek Restaurant
  • Polly Wogg, Big Frog 104

The Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game is made possible by Fust Charles Chambers LLC, Lois & Mike Silverman, WKTV News Channel 2, Utica College and these generous sponsors!

    Last year's event raised more than $10,000 for Sitrin's STARS Program with 1,200 people in attendance!

    Proceeds from this event support:

  • Wheelchair basketball, featuring a year-round schedule of practices and scrimmage games
  • Adaptive golf, currently offered at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in New Hartford
  • 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
  • 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.

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