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Al Youakim

National Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame Member Details

Year Inducted:

1983

 

 

 

Name:

Al Youakim

 

 

Hometown:

 

 

 

Team History:

Jersey Wheelers, Northeastern Conference

 

 

NWBA Service:

No.East Conference Commissioner

 

 

Sports Biography:

Early pioneer, coach, organizer of wheelchair basketball in the East. Helped develop one of New York City's first team's at the St. Albans Navy Hospital in 1946. Organized the NJ Wheelers of the Eastern Conference in 1947. The Wheelers were one of the first teams organized outside the PVA League. Manager of the 1954 Wheelers NWBA Championship Team. Assisted in the development of one of the first junior programs in the U.S. with the start of the Jr. Jersey Wheelers. Selected as coach to 18 Stoke Mandeville & Paralympic teams. Coached the NJ Wheelers for 30 years. Member of the NWAA Hall of Fame.

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