Meet NY Rolling Knicks Player Steve Serio

Steve Serio is no stranger to the Pioneer Classic. A two-time Paralympic medalist and professional wheelchair basketball player, Serio is considered one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the world. This season he is playing for a new team, the New York Rolling Knicks, and aiming for a National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Division I national title. Learn more about Steve and his impressive career, and watch him compete this weekend at the 2017 Pioneer Classic.

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Age: 29

Team: New York Rolling Knicks

Hometown/Current Residence: Westbury, NY/Brooklyn, NY

Classification: 3.5

Occupation: Professional Wheelchair Basketball Player

How many years have you played wheelchair basketball? 12

List teams and divisions you have played in:

  • Long Island Lightning (Junior Division)
  • Long Island Express (Championship Division)
  • University of Illinois (Collegiate Division)
  • RIC Pacers (Championship Division)
  • RSV Lahn Dill (Bundesliga, Germany)
  • U.S. Men’s U-23 National Team (IWBF)
  • U.S. Men’s National Team (IWBF)

How many years have you competed at the Pioneer Classic? 3

What is your favorite Pioneer Classic memory? I played in the Pioneer Classic the last year Collegiate Division teams played against Division I teams. I remember losing each game, but it was a great learning experience for a young player.

Top athletic achievements: Winning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics

How did you get involved with wheelchair basketball? When I was 15, I found the Junior Division team, Long Island Lightning, and fell in love with the sport.

How old were you when you began playing? 15

Favorite quote: “It’s important to not forget where you came from. Stay humble, keep improving, and use your losses as motivation.”

Favorite food/meal: NYC Pizza

Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite band/musical artist: Myles Kennedy