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Dream Shot: The Journey to a Wheelchair Basketball National Championship
by Josh Birnbaum
foreword by Matthew E. Buchi
University of Illinois Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-252-08304-4 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05012-1
Library of Congress Classification GV885.43.U5B57 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.3238

In 2008, the men's wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois set out to achieve their sport's pinnacle: a college national championship. That lofty goal represented another stage of a journey begun in 1948 when Tim Nugent established the Gizz Kids wheelchair squad. Embedded with the team, Josh Birnbaum took photos that captured the life experiences of people in the Illinois wheelchair basketball program from 2005 through the 2008 championship season. Dream Shot follows the unique lives of the players and coaches on the court and the road, and in quiet moments at home and the classroom. Along the way, Birnbaum provides the definitive story of the 2008 team and the challenges it overcame to capture one of Illinois's record fifteen men's titles. Featuring more than 100 color photographs, Dream Shot memorializes a legendary team alongside the story of the university's dedication to the progress of disability rights.
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