The Gem State Falcons mission is to build awareness, character and community through sports and recreation. We want to make a positive impact on as many lives as possible, including those with a disability but also those without. Basketball helps break down the barriers people may have with people with disabilities. We are not just a team of players but a group of people wanting to help bring a new look on life, excitement, appreciation, and self confidence.
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We currently have 10+ active players on the team. Age range is from 16 to 69. We plan to help develop several teams throughout the state from juniors through collegiate in the next 5 years. If you know of someone who wants to be involved or is trying to start a team please have them contact us.
Falcons are registered with the NWBA, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, as a division 3 team. The team played in the Spokane Showdown, their first tournament in October 2022. We also played in Sacramento in December of 2022 and in Tucson in January 2023.
We hosted the City of Trees Basketball Tournament in Boise Feb 18-19, 2023 at the Salvation Army Gymnasium on Emerald Street in Boise. We had teams from Arizona, California and Washington attending. We had great crowds that learns a lot about Wheelchair Basketball and were amazed at the pace and ability of the players.
The Falcons are part of Idaho Adaptive Sports. IAS will work together with other adaptive programs to help the people of Idaho become more aware of all the great opportunities that this state has to offer. https://idahoadaptivesports.com
Team members contribute financially to help cover expenses but this covers about 1/3 of our cost. The rest relies on donations. Please consider helping our team. Every dollar goes directly to the team. Check out the You Can Help tab and follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
As we grow we would like this website to offer a diverse selection of resources for people looking for adaptive sports and recreation in Idaho. If you know of or are a part of another opportunity please contact us with your information so that we can include it on our resources page.