UW-W Parade of Champions – Wednesday

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Warhawk Athletics will hold a Parade of Champions Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. The parade, led by the Whitewater Fire Department, will honor the 2023-24 UW-Whitewater Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, along with individual national champions Christian Patzka (men’s track and field), Shelvin Garrett II (men’s track and field) and Hayden Gough (women’s gymnastics). 

Parade Information

Start: Perkins Stadium at 3 p.m. 

Route: From Perkins Stadium down Warhawk Drive, east on Starin, south on Prairie, east on Main Street and will loop through downtown Whitewater before returning to Perkins Stadium on Fremont Street

2023-24 UW-Whitewater Men’s Wheelchair Basketball

UWW Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (Credit: Southwest Minnesota State)

The Warhawk men’s wheelchair basketball team claimed the 2024 National Wheelchair Basketball Association title with a 74-67 victory over Arizona on March 16 in Marshall, Minnesota. The title is the 14th national championship in program history. Six current or former Warhawks – including head coach Jake Williams and student-athletes Talen Jourdan and AJ Fitzpatrick – will represent the university as part of Team USA men’s wheelchair basketball at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games this summer.

Christian Patzka

Christian Patzka competing at 2024 indoor nationals (Credit: Olivia Zinanni)

Christian Patzka (Black Earth, Wis./Wisconsin Heights) won the 5,000-meter title at the 2024 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 8. He recorded a time of 13:59.92 – winning the race by just four-tenths of a second in a thrilling finish. 

Shelvin Garrett II

Shelvin Garrett II competing at 2024 indoor nationals (Credit: Olivia Zinanni)

Shelvin Garrett II (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) brought home the national title in the men’s triple jump at the 2024 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9. His mark of 15.97 meters broke the UW-Whitewater program record, set the facility record and meets the minimum standard for the 2024 Olympic Trials. 

Hayden Gough

Hayden Gough competes in a home meet during the 2024 season (Credit: Michael Gouvion)

Hayden Gough (Dallas, Texas/Dallas International School) captured the individual national title on the uneven bars at the 2024 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championship on March 23. Her mark of 9.85 is the second highest in program history. Gough is the seventh national champion on the uneven bars in program history and first in the event since 2016. 

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