Dr. Abu Yilla is a Kinesiology professor who advocates for the widening acceptance of sport different than just the big three. He played for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the UTA Movin’ Mavs and U.S. and Britain National Paralympic Teams. As an ex-professional wheelchair basketball player and awarded athlete who moved from abroad, he brings a unique perspective to the table challenging his students to broaden their minds and question their current mindsets. Dr. Yilla teaches three classes at UTA, including Sociology of Sport where his students enjoy the ability to speak freely and have open debate.
The Lady Movin’ Mavs matched up against two different wheelchair basketball teams from the DFW area Saturday in exhibition matches. Playing agaisnt the Dallas Jr’s as well as the DFW Freewheelers, who are both made up of mostly male athletes, the Lady Movin’ Mavs set out to gain game experience that will help them in collegiate matches. Out of the three games, the Lady Movin’ Mavs took one from the Dallas Jr’s by a score of 50 to 39, but dropped two to the DFW Freewheelers. Going into the half, the Lady Mavs were tied with the Freewheelers at 26, but unfortunately couldn’t hold on in the second half. Week by week the Mavs look to continue improving, and with a team of mostly freshmen, have the time and talent to do just that.
By: Derek Kaufman
The Movin’ Mavs and Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball teams started their season this past Friday on Halloween by taking on the University of Alabama. Both the Movin’ Mavs and the Lady Movin’ Mavs played in two contests at College Park Center. The Lady Movin’ Mavs played in their first games since the team was founded earlier in 2014, and through some visible nerves the team struggled to gain momentum against the Crimson Tide as they dropped both contests by double digits in regulation. On the brighter side of the weekend, the men’s Movin’ Mavs came out where they left off at the end of last year and dominated play through both games against Alabama, winning their first tilt by a score of 70-47, and also their second by a margin of 44 points. With high expectations this year of bringing a national championship to UTA, the Movin’ Mavs look to get back on track before they host their next home tournament on November 8th and 9th.
By: Derek Kaufman
The UTA Movin Mavs wheelchair basketball team has a history littered with national championships. However, while the team has lived up to its high standards the past few years, the Movin’ Mavs have failed to bring home a trophy despite being the number one seed in the regular season and also playing in the national championship game in two consecutive seasons. While the Movin’ Mavs seem ready for another season of basketball, only time will tell if all of their hard work over the summer will bring them back to a national championship final.
By: Derek Kaufman
As the temperature drops the UTA’s Movin Mavs are bringing the heat this season. Coach Doug Garner has high hope the team will continue their winning streak. The Movin Mavs have teamed up with Army Warrior Transition Command, which is ran by MSG Jarrett Jongema. MSG Jongema believes part of the reason for the teams success is due to Coach Garner. Partly because for the past 3 years the team has won gold. Movin Mavs have won 7 championships over all, some players have even moved onto playing at a professional level. For more informaion on Movin Mavs visit: http://www.uta.edu/movinmavs/
By: Annabelle Hernandez