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Wheelchair Hoops & Hip-hop Collide

"Bring That Heat" (I'm Different Remix)

Jeremie "Phenom 10-4" Thomas: Family, Wheelchair Basketball and Rap

Jeremie Thomas is an 80's baby, determined to make his own version of the "American Dream". Born March 20, 1989 in Pompano Beach Florida to Mother Carlresay and Father Jimmy Thomas, he  grew up alongside his brothers Jimmy Jr. (older), and Ja'vance (younger). Jeremie had a close-knit squad of supporters early on. Even in the womb, Jeremie found a love for music within the rhythm of his mom's heart beat. He couldn't wait to show the world his gift. It was so much so that he left the womb three months premature.

Diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth, (due to a car accident months before), Jeremie faced an uphill battle. Yet he always managed to rise above his challenges. Thanks to the motivation and support of his older brother Jimmy Jr. and God-brother Britt Poitier, Jeremie has made use of his God-given talents since the age of six That's when he received the alias "Phenom".

Jeremie's athletic ability,  emerged from his experiences outside of his grandmother's house in the Liberty Park neighborhood. This is where childhood friends would get together for games of "street football". Inspired by his favorite NFL football player Randy Moss, Phenom was never intimidated, and used his ability to adapt to everyday activities.

Jeremie began to build interest in playing with the rest of his peers. One day when he was picked to play on a friend's team and scored the game-winning "hail mary" (long pass) touchdown. In awe of what they had all witnessed, his friends cheered in excitement and chanted "WHEELCHAIR MOSS, WHEELCHAIR MOSS..."

At the age of 18, he saw UW-Whitewhater wheelchair basketball player Matt Scott, in Nike's 'No Excuses' commercial and instantly wanted to play wheelchair basketball. Searching for a wheelchair basketball organization was a challenging task, but Jeremie eventually received a call from his case worker (Yanni) informing him that there was a team based out of Miami Springs called the Miami Heat Wheels.

After attending practice, the former Coach Ralph saw potential in Jeremie's ability to move in his chair along with the ball. He also recognized his speed, toughness, and aggressive defense. After playing Division III wheelchair basketball for three years (and loving every minute of it), he was recruited by the Oklahoma State University Spokes , giving him the opportunity to take his game to the Collegiate level. After playing for two years in Oklahoma, Jeremie has returned to his home team, the Miami Heat Wheels with even more experience and competitive fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more at http://www.miamiheatwheels.com.

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  1. Admin
    Admin
    We love this, Miami Heat Wheels! What an inspiring and informative piece. And we love seeing video up on the site! We'll be featuring this piece on our Facebook page tonight! Cheers!
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    1. miamiheatwheels
      miamiheatwheels
      Thanks RWL! We really appreciate the love and support. Rolling Without Limits is a great platform to strengthen the voices of our community. We look forward to working with you in the future!
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  2. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Warm welcome to rollingwithoutlimits.com Miami Heat wheels :) That was awesome! We'd love to hear more from you We all gonna be on your team man!
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    1. miamiheatwheels
      miamiheatwheels
      Thanks Daniel, we'll be sure to post more great articles beginning next week. We've received such a great response from communities across the country that it's going to take us a few days to catch up. Don't hesitate to send us a message through the Miami Heat Wheels website: http://www.miamiheatwheels.com/contact/ Best, Mike Esposito Project Manager, The Miami Heat Wheels Project
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
        You guys must be partying now, hahaha. Congrats on the heats big win! I heard about it, but was not able to watch the games.
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        1. miamiheatwheels
          miamiheatwheels
          Our friends, the Miami HEAT (NBA) are definitely basking in the glory right now! We enjoyed it for a day or two, but it's back to practice for us in preparation of the upcoming season, summer training camps and we're even sending one of our own out to the University of Texas at Arlington to play for their elite program. Thanks for the support, again. Stay up to date on all our happenings at http://www.miamiheatwheels.com!
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  3. joncassone
    I wish I can play :(
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    1. miamiheatwheels
      miamiheatwheels
      You should see if there's a team near you. If you're in the US, and looking for a team to play on you can contact Sherrice Fox at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association: sherricefox@nwba.org or 719-266-4082. If you are physically unable to play, your support would be welcomed by your local team.
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Great posts. I just added you to my bloggers.
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    1. miamiheatwheels
      miamiheatwheels
      Thanks! Our goal is to provide information and inspiration. Have you seen our website? You can find it at http://www.miamiheatwheels.com
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