Hello friends and fans,

We’ve done a few spotlights this year, and this month we’d like to do a short spotlight on one of our Championship players Randy Jaramillo. Hope you reading more about this great player!

RandyRandy, how long have you been playing with the ABQ Kings?

9-10 years.

What got you interested in wheelchair basketball? 

I have always loved the game of basketball.  Before my disability I would play 5-6 days a week.  You couldn’t get me out of the gym. After having my knee joint removed due to osteosarcoma I couldn’t play stand up ball anymore; however I had a friend that played with the Kings at the time and I started playing from that point on and haven’t stopped since.

Is there a particular highlight of your wheelchair basketball career that you would like to share with our fans?

I would say being invited to tryouts for the USA Men’s National Team this past January at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. I had the honor to play against future and current US Paralympians.  This tryout placed me on the NWBA High Performance USA Men’s National team player pool, which allows me to receive expert training to prepare for future tryouts with the goal of participating in future Paralympic games.

Recently you were selected to participate in a development training program in Birmingham, AL. run by the coach Ron Lykins of the US National Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.  That sounds pretty awesome.  What was it like?

It was a great experience.  The Lakeshore Foundation’s facility is amazing. I was able to receive great feedback from the coaches and play and learn with a great group of up and coming players that I look forward to seeing represent the USA Men’s National team in the future.

Since you’ve been playing this sport, has it changed much or has it remained pretty much the same, just different players?

I have been exposed to wheelchair basketball for quite a while, even before my disability and it I think it has changed a lot. The game itself seems so much faster. The chair skills of current athletes are amazing to watch because of an increased reliance on personal weight and conditioning training, along with the evolution of the sports wheelchair. I remember seeing people modifying their everyday chairs and changing out their camber tubes in order to play.

What do you like most about wheelchair basketball?Randy at tryout

The camaraderie that you develop by being with your team, going to camps, tryouts, tournaments and so on.  Y you meet so many great people, you become a family with a lot of these people, everyone has a great story of why they play and their life’s experiences. No one is ashamed of their disability. It’s great to meet so many people that have that love for the game, no matter the ups and downs that someone may experience in their lives, the love for the game brings everyone together, with all of the diversity within adaptive sports it’s a great common ground to get everyone together and forget the stresses that life may bring to us on a daily basis and it also is a great way to promote a physical fitness and healthy living.

How can wheelchair basketball change someone’s life?

I have witnessed the impacts of adaptive sports on people’s lives by the opportunities that this sport has given to so many people.  We have had a few players from the Kings organization that have gone to college on scholarships and used wheelchair basketball as a mechanism to further their educational goals.  Some have received their degrees or are currently pursuing their degrees.  I have had friends go overseas and play wheelchair basketball; where they are paid athletes and get to experience the world. It has taught me that nobody should have to feel that they are restricted to their homes due to a disability.  I look at my disability as a blessing because without this sport I would not have met the great people in my life and have had the opportunities that I have experienced and will continue to experience.


Thanks for reading! Feel free read more about our great players in the news link.

Congrats Dago and Noah!

These Junior athletes are big achievers both on and off the court. They participate in other adaptive sports and excel at all of them. With their dedication and work ethic, they could become future olympians and we look forward to seeing them grow!

July 24th: Future King Noah Blue Hotchkiss is selected as Sports ‘n Spokes Junior Athlete of the Year. Congrats on your awesome achievement Noah!


July 20th: A Big shout out to future King Dago Saenz Cevallos, who just set three new national swimming records in the National Junior Disability Championships!Dago swimming 2015



USA Paralympics



Our coach Melanie Brionez responded to an invitation by the United States Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball team to help out with some scrimmages at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We were glad to oblige and had a great time while doing so.

We played several games against the US Women’s team over 2 different weekends. It was a great experience for the team and our New Mexico program. We are honored to help however possible and look forward to helping in the future when either the women or mens team needs us.



USA women and men both take Gold in the Parapan Am games!

National Championships 2015

After a long season the Albuquerque Kings once again qualified within the top 16 invitees to the 2015 National Wheelchair Basketball championships in Louisville Kentucky. We came in at #9 in the nation with our first matchup against #8 Austin.

In this game against Austin, the Kings started strong finishing the first half with a lead. However a clerical error at the scorers table forced us into a player lineup we weren't prepared for before the start of the 2nd half. We still played strong but the change in our player rotation was taking its toll. We  found ourselves in a tie game at the end of regulation but ended up losing at the end of overtime time. 

The clerical error wasn't fixed until after our 2nd game against Northern California. At this time we were 0-2 and doing our best with a lineup we hadn't worked with. It was challenging but we did the best we could.

At the start of Game 3, the clerical error was fixed and we were back out 100%;  it was a big difference. We finished off winning the last 2 games of the tournament which landed us a #13 spot in the nation. 


New Mexico Rollin LobosWe also got to support our New Mexico Junior team who had one of the most amazing and inspirational runs of the whole tournament. While New Mexico hasn't had a competing junior team in over 10 years, our kids practiced hard all year, really learned plays, chair skills and how to push through when things were hard. Dave and Lorraine did a great job as coaches and had them well prepared. The kids really stole the show this year finishing with at #4 in the Nation. Everyone was talking about how great they did and it was great having them come watch us and us watching them to support each other.  






We had a great trip, we learned a lot about ourselves and a lot about our team. We built great relationships with other teams, other players, and continue to grow New Mexico wheelchair basketball.


Fall Fiesta 2014 at Warehouse 508


We have a great day planned full of fun events and activities for the community. Live bands and dj's, sports demos, break dancing, fashion shows, t-shirt booths, food trucks, games, art fusion, mixed martial arts, and tons more.

All money raised will benefit the Albuquerque Kings Wheelchair Basketball team to help with the 2014/2015 season and to help them further expand their adaptive sports program. Be sure to ask how you can purchase your pre-sale tickets!

To become a sponsor contact 505-515-5224

This has been made possible in association with the Albuquerque Activist Coalition: Duke City Darlins Inc, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio/Gallery, New Mexico Guild of Ethical Tattooists, Warehouse 508, Who I Am Foundation, NMX Sports and the Albuquerque Kings Wheelchair Basketball.

Fall Fiesta 2014 - PDF Download

Location, Parking & Directions

Location: Warehouse 508, 1st Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Parking: Available at the parking lot on the South side of Warehouse 508.

Food and treats!

Oh yea! We have some good treats for the event!

  • PopFizz food truck - Facebook page
  • W508 Youth Creative Crew Concession Stand
  • Starbucks Coffee and refreshers

Event Lineup

TimeEvent State
12-4:30Kids Haircuts
12-6:00Live Screen Printing
1:00DJ, Dancing, Booths
2:30DJ & Dancing
3:00Fashion Show
3:30DJ, Dancing, Booths
4:00MMA Demo
4:30Art Fusion
6:30DJ, Dancing, Booths
7:00Closing / Thank You

Band Lineup

Stage TimeBand NameGenre
1:00 - 2:00Rogues BewareRock
2:15 - 3:15Spankey LeeClassic Rock/Childrens
3:30 - 4:30Two Mile TrainCountry Rock
4:45 - 5:45Jah BranchReggae
6:00 - 7:00Wake SelfRap

2014 NWBA Nationals


Tournament Overview

The road to the championship was not easy. We fought hard playing in several tournaments throughout the US. In the end it was worth it as we qualified and got invited to the 2014 NWBA national championship tournament. The best teams in from all of the NWBA divisions met up in Louisville Kentucky to compete. The Kings compete in the highest division, called the Championship division and of all the teams in our division only the top 16 are invited into the tournament.

We competed hard and ended up with a 2-2 record during the tournament losing both games 1 and 2 by a single possession. However we bounced back to win games 3 and 4.


We had a great time and learned a lot this season and during the championship tournament. We even had one of our team members, Kipp Elliot invited to play in the NWBA’s first ever Legends game. The legends game is reserved for players 45 and older who have positively impacted the league.


Championship Game

Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the championship game. The NY Knicks and Dallas Mavs battled it out in the end. It was really a great game and the two best teams clearly stood out. As to not spoil the results, take a look at the recorded game below!


Pizza9 Fundraiser 2/18 on Gibson

Hello Kings Fans!

On Tuesday February 18th 2014, Pizza9 is helping out the Kings by donating 50% off all carryout and dine in order at the Gibson location:

5305 Gibson BLVD SE
366-NINE (6463)

Please order from this location and show the attached PDF via your phone, tablet, or printed copy, to the person at the register or let pizza9 know about it when ordering over the phone.

Flyer /Menu PDF for printing : abq-kings-pizza9-2-18

Or just show the below image when ordering!


Phx Suns basketball round up – 2014


On January 25th 2014 Phoenix, AZ, the Albuquerque Kings entered the 15th Banner wheelchair Suns basketball round up ready to face an unfamiliar Denver rollin Nuggets team.   The Kings got off to a fast start  controlling most of the game and came away with a win 61-43.  Up next The Kings faced a savvy Los Angles Clippers team. The Kings started off slow but were able to pull away  in the first half and come away with a the victory.  55-35.   For the third and final game of the day the kings faced a familiar foe, the  Phoenix Suns.  The  Kings  were unable to contain the Suns  and their hot shooting. Despite a furious 2nd half comeback The Kings fell to the Suns 51-58.

On day 2 The Kings would look to bounce back against a veteran Utah Jazz team. The game went back and forth most of the first half.  The Kings tightened up their defense overwhelming The Jazz 62-46.

In  the final game of the tournament The Kings faced The Las Vegas silver bandits a team they had beaten two weeks earlier in Tucson.   The Silver Bandits came to play jumping out to a 10-1 lead.  the kings were able to cut into the lead trailing  by only 5 points at the half.  Unfortunately  The Kings were unable to carry momentum into the  second half and ended the weekend with a loss.

Tucson Tournament 2014

phx_score_20140111.jpgThe Kings traveled to Tucson AZ, for a tournament hosted by the UofA mens team. We competed at the University of Arizona on January 10th & 11th. The team began the tournament by driving to Tucson from Albuquerque on Friday and faced the UofA men that same Friday evening. Unfortunately we came up short on a low scoring high intensity game losing 45-48. Our coach had us fired up the next morning as we began a 3 game series Saturday. We started with Las Vegas Nevada beating them 68-60. An hour later we played against the Phoenix Suns, repeating our strong performance beating them 63-53. We finished off the afternoon playing the UofA men again, but they got the best of us this tournament as we lost to them again.

Congrats Katrina! Winner of the raffle.

katrina raffle winnerThanks for participating Katrina! We appreciate everyone who purchased a raffle ticket. We plan on having more in January and thank everyone for donating to the team!