Trooper Johnson Biography

 

  • Team Captain- Golden State Warriors.
  • 1998 World Championships World All-Star Team.
  • 1998 NWBA/NBA All-Star Game MVP.
  • 1997 NWBA MVP.
  • Johnson is the only player to have been named to the last 12 U.S. National Teams.
  • MVP of the 1996 World Basketball Challenge.
  • 9 Gold Medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze from International competition.
  • Athlete Advisory Council- U.S. Olympic Committee/Wheelchair Sports USA.

Widely recognized as one of the best players in the world, Trooper Johnson, 36, is the only player in the country to have been selected to the last 12 U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball teams. Included in this impressive accomplishment is helping the 1998 U.S. Team to a gold medal during the 1998 World Championship Games in Sydney, Australia. Johnson holds eight additional gold medals and one silver medal from international competition since his first U.S. National team appearance in England in 1990.

Johnson is captain of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Golden State Road Warriors, the official wheelchair basketball team of the Golden State Warriors. The team has been in the NWBA's top 10 in the country for the past 16 years. Johnson holds an NWBA record of 10 three-pointers in one game. More recently he was named 1998 MVP at the NWBA All-Star game held during the All-Star weekend in New York City. Like Jerry West of the NBA and Sheryl Swoops of the WNBA, Johnson's silhouette is used for the NWBA logo.

During June 1998, Johnson climbed El Capitan, the largest sheer face3 of granite in the world. During the six-day event, Johnson became the second paraplegic to climb the 3,000 foot rock.

 

 

Disabled in an automobile accident at the age of 17, Johnson has been actively involved in wheelchair athletics for the past nine years. He is the Director of Wheelchair Sports for the VMC Foundation in San Jose, California. He also serves on the Athletic Advisory Council for the U.S. Olympic Committee/Wheelchair Sports USA. Johnson conducts motivational and disability awareness/prevention programs in schools throughout the country and has reached more than 195,000 students during the last six years. He has also made a presentation to and played with Vice President Gore. In September 1997, Johnson received commendation from the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a committee chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1995, the American Cancer Society/Santa Clara Chapter named Johnson "Celebrity of the Year". In May 1993, Johnson received the "Celebration Of Courage, Adult of the Year" award from the Timpany Center in San Jose, California, for his sports accomplishments and work in the community.

In addition to his achievements as a basketball player, Johnson also is a two time MVP in wheelchair football and is involved in parachuting and kayaking.

Trooper Johnson Sport History

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

  • MEMBER: Golden State Road Warriors (Team Captain)- National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
  • Gold Medalist: 1999 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Tournament of the Americas (Mexico).
  • Gold Medalist: 1998 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- World Championships (Sydney, Australia).
  • World All-Star Team: 1998 World Championship Tournament (Sydney, Australia). Gold Medalist: 1998 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Tournament of the Americas (Canada).
  • MVP: 1998 NWBA/NBA All-Star Game. NBA All-Star Weekend, NY.
  • MVP: 1996-1997 NWBA Final Four Championship Tournament. (Birmingham, AL).
  • Member: 1996 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Goodwill Tour (Italy).
  • Bronze Medalist: 1996 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Paralympic Games (Atlanta, Georgia).
  • MVP: World Basketball Challenge (Atlanta, Georgia) 1996 United States National Wheelchair Basketball Team vs. 1996 world All-Stars.
  • Member: 1995 United States National Wheelchair Basketball Team- Goodwill Tour (Spain).
  • Gold Medalist: 1994 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- World Championships (Canada).
  • Gold Medalist: 1993 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- World Wheelchair Games (Aylesbury, England).
  • Gold Medalist: 1992 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain).
  • Gold Medalist: 1992 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain).
  • Silver Medalist: 1993 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- Pan Aamerican Wheelchair Games (Caracas, Venezuela).
  • Gold Medalist: 1990 United States Wheelchair Basketball Team- World Wheelchair Games (Aylesbury, England).

WHEELCHAIR FOOTBALL

  • 2-Time MVP: 1989 and 1990 Blister Bowl (Santa Barbara, CA.).
  • 3-TIME ALL TOURNAMENT OFFENSE TEAM: 1989, 1990, AND 1992 blister Bowl (Santa Barbara, CA.).

OTHER

  • 1998 El Capitan- Became the 2nd paraplegic to climb El Capitan, the largest sheer face of granite in the world.
  • 1991 Golden State 500- Initiated and completed a wheelchair push from San Francisco to Los Angeles (over 550 miles) as part of a disability awareness event.

AWARDS

  • 1997 Received commendation from the Governor's Council on Physical fitness and Sports.
  • 1995 Celebrity of the Year- American Cancer Society/Santa Clara Chapter.
  • 1992 Celebration of Courage, Adult of the Year- Timpany Center (San Jose, CA.).