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12 Local Athletes and Coaches Chosen for U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Team

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States has been invited to participate in the inaugural Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne, Australia, in October. The wheelchair basketball team includes nine athletes and three coaches from Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minn. The competition takes place October 5-11 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. The Paralympic event includes teams from throughout Australia plus international teams of athletes age 20 years or younger as of December 31, 2009.

    The U.S. roster includes:
    (* Courage Center representative)

    Greg Anger, 20, Milwaukee, Wis., Missouri Tigers
    *Robert Doyle, 16, Eden Prairie, Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Ben Kenyon, 18, Minnetonka, Minn., Wisconsin-Whitewater (Courage Center
    Dylan Fischbach, 14, Nebraska Red Dawgs, South Dakota
    *Joe Dixon, 16, Lakeville, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling
    Jon Ruiz, 15, Chicago, Ill., Windy City Warriors
    *Mark Braun, 15, Mounds View, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Rose Hollermann, 13, Elysian, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Derrick Bisnett, 16, Bismarck, N.D., Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Robbie Wilhelm, 18, St. Paul, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Connor Downes, 18, Rosemount, Minn., Missouri Tigers (Courage Center
    Sam Blakley, 16, Utah, Utah Wheelin' Jazz

    *Mike Bauler, Head coach, New Hope, Courage Center Junior Rolling
    Trent Thenhaus, assistant coach, Chicago, Ill., Windy City Warriors
    *Brendan Downes, assistant coach, Rosemount, Minn., Arizona Wildcats
    *Jeff Downes, team manager, Dallas, Texas, Courage Center Junior Rolling
    *Tim Kenyon, assistant team manager, Minnetonka, Minn., Courage Center
     Junior Rolling Timberwolves

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About Courage Center:

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. For more information visit

    Contact:  W. Mike Bauler, Courage Center, 612-388-4689,
              Sue Warner, 763-520-0263,

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