About the Rollin' Hornets

Our Mission

The mission of the Rollin’ Hornets is to promote indepen-
dence for both children and adults with physical disabilities
and provide opportunities to pursue active, healthy life-
styles in adaptive sports.

Who are the Rollin Hornets?

The Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets is a Wheelchair Basketball
program which gives individuals with physical disabilities
an opportunity to be part of a team, learn about life and
basketball and know that a physical disability does not have
to mean they are disabled from doing what they want.

The Rollin’ Hornets consist of two junior and one adult wheelchair
basketball teams that compete within the National Wheelchair
Basketball Association (NWBA). Teams play in tournaments across
the country in a season that lasts from October to April.

Primary Support

Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, Inc. (AUCarolinas) is the pri-
mary support organization meeting the funding needs of the
Rollin’ Hornets. AUCarolinas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
was formed in June 2005 by three fathers with physically disabled
children in the greater Charlotte area. AUCarolinas also provides
wheelchair track & field, swimming, adaptive golf, and wheelchair
softball in addition to wheelchair basketball programs.

History

In 1948 Dr. Tim Nugent organized the National Wheelchair Basket-
ball Association. The sport was introduced in VA hospitals for injured
veterans returning from WWII. Charlotte’s history began with the
Carolina Tarwheels in 1970. During the 80’s the team added more
players and formed another team called the Carolina Cyclones.

To reflect NBA ties, in 1990 the program became the Charlotte
Wheelchair Hornets who later captured their first National Cham-
pionship in 1996. Charlotte dominated in 1998 with National
Championships in Division II, Division III, and the Junior Division. In
1999 Division III added a back-to-back title. Welcoming its newest
NBA family member in 2003, the Charlotte Bobcats, and reflecting
their support, the team was renamed the Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats.
Now that the Charlotte Bobcats have changed back to the Charlotte
Hornets, we have joined them in changing our name to the Charlotte
Rollin' Hornets.

National Success

The Rollin’ Hornets continue to have national success and con-
sistently finish the season ranked within the top ten. The Junior
Rollin’ Hornets have had members on the Academic All-American
Team 13 different times.

In 2008 the Junior’s JV team finished in 2nd place at the National
Tournament only to return the next year and win the 2009
National Championship.

The Rollin’ Hornets have recently sent thirteen athletes to college
on basketball scholarships and two went to college on track
scholarships.

When and Where do the Rollin’ Hornets Roll?

Throughout the regular basketball season, the Rollin’ Hornets
often provide half-time entertainment at many of the NBA
Charlotte Hornets home games, as well as regional universities
such as UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte’s home basketball
games.

Each year the Rollin’ Hornets send a team representative to
participate in the NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic as part of
the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.

The Rollin’ Hornets Golf Classic

The Rollin’ Hornets Golf Classic is an annual event and the pro-
gram’s primary fundraiser. Held at the beautiful Verdict Ridge
Golf and Country Club in Denver, NC, the tournament offers a day
of exciting golf, contests and prizes. It’s a great way to support a
worthy cause!