NCAA National Champion, Wheelchair Basketball
Name: Nina Welfle
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Current Residence: Arlington, Texas
High School: North Side High School (Fort Wayne, IN)
College: University of Texas (Arlington, Texas), Public Relations
- 3rd Place in the nation Prep (Grade School) Division 2008
- Midwest MVP 2008, 2009, 2010
- Nationally recognized for All-Academic Award 2012, 2013
- Nationally ranked on the All-Tournament Team 2012, 2013, 2014
- 2017 Earned a scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington
- 2018 Made the All-Rookie Team in the intercollegiate Woman’s Division
- 2018 NCAA National Champions – UTA Lady Movin’ Mavs
- 2019 Selected to compete with Team USA U25 (Under the age of 25)
- 2019 Helped Team USA U25 bring home the gold in Thailand (3 steals, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 points in the Championship match)
Angelina (Nina) Welfle was born in Manila, Philippines, beginning life in an orphanage until she was 15 months old. Nina was then adopted by a couple from Fort Wayne, IN.
When she came to the U.S. from the Philippines, she was a very sick baby with a 106 degree fever, loss of hearing, and secondary cataracts. All at the age of 2. And at 5 years old, the family found out that Nina had hip dysplasia, a leg lengthening discrepancy. Her left leg is shorter than her right by 4 inches.
When she was 8 years old, she found herself frustrated with being in a wheelchair. Nina says, “I wanted to play sports just like my able-bodied friends.” Researching disabled sports, the family found the Turnstone Center. The Turnstone Center offers rehabilitation for children and adults with disabilities. “I thank them every day, because they introduced me to wheelchair basketball,” Nina explains. “The moment I was put in a basketball chair, I automatically fell in love with the sport.” She went on to have her first triple double, and her first Mid-West Conference MVP, all at the age of 12.
Nina’s biggest goal right now is to make the Tokyo 2020 USA Paralympic team. She is also working hard to win another woman’s intercollegiate national championship, which will be showcased in March of 2020.