John Gilbert is a member of the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team that will compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympics September 7 – 18, 2016. Gilbert, a graduate of Fairfax R-3 School, is the only Missourian on the team. Twelve men’s and 10 women’s basketball teams will battle for medals at Rio.
In an interview with Jennifer Meckles, KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri, Gilbert said, “The U.S. hasn’t won a gold medal in a long time in wheelchair basketball and it’s about time.”
The Paralympic Games kick off Wednesday, September 7. The First USA Men’s (Group B Preliminary) Basketball game, which will be televised on NBCSN (unless otherwise noted) is at 3:15 p.m. They are scheduled to play Brazil.