Stan Labanowich, Ph.D (deceased)
A legendary proponent of player governance in wheelchair basketball, Stan Labanowich coached the USA men's team to the Paralympic gold medal in Heidelberg, Germany in1972. From 1976 to 1988 he served as chairman of the Basketball Sub-Committee of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation (ISMGF), the forerunner of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF). He also served as the elected commissioner of the USA's National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) from 1973 to 1995.
Stan wrote extensively on sports for individuals with disabilities as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky from 1975 to 2004. In 1998, he published two books for young adults: Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Track Events, both published by RiverFront Books.
Armand "Tip" Thiboutot, Ph.D
Armand "Tip" Thiboutot was introduced to wheelchair basketball in the mid-1960s after incurring a spinal cord injury while serving in the United States Army. In addition to playing and coaching for more than forty years, Tip extended his influence through his analytical writings in Sports 'N Spokes and the IWBF's Basketball News-both widely-read journals that serve the population of wheelchair sports in the USA and abroad.
His influence in the development of the sport has also been felt through his elected offices, specifically as vice president of both the NWBA and the IWBF from the late 1970s to 2002. He edited the IWBF Newsletter from 1988 until his retirement in 2002, publishing articles and issuing reports on technical matters dealing with coaching, player classification, rules, and organization of the sport.