TarWheels' Athletes

Donna Barnett #34
Donna was introduced to wheelchair basketball while participating in adaptive water skiing. She had met players of a local wheelchair basketball team at the event, and was invited to a practice. Having never played basketball in her life, the sport was new to Donna, but she was immediately hooked! Donna has played wheelchair basketball since the 1998-1999 season. In 1991, Donna lost her right leg, when a blockage stemming from other health complications, made having her leg amputated essential to saving her life. Donna, who is originally from Stanley, now also spends time volunteering at SERF (Stanley Emergency Relief Fund) helping people in the community. Donna is also a certified Middle School Math Teacher with hopes of getting back into teaching in the near future.

Pete Morgan #24
Rookie of the year 2011-2012 for the CWBC! Pete came on strong and continues to show more and more improvement on the floor and as part of the organization! Pete's biggest fan, Alicia, recently said she will... so we wish Pete and Alicia the best of luck in their upcoming wedding! Pete most often plays in the big man's position, sitting under the goal as a forward or center. Pete lost his left leg from a car accident, but was able to find the TarWheels through mutual friends. Pete's son Landon is also part of the team, helping out as ball-boy or any way he can. A ceramic tile setter for a living, Pete also enjoys watching and coaching Landon in his sports.

Jeff Brafford #21
Jeff has been playing wheelchair basketball for 20 years. He is a guard and point guard to the TarWheels. Also a veteran of the sport, Jeff's perspectives are always helpful for rookie players. Jeff is one of the original TarWheels from when the team was present in the area from `78 through the early 90's. The 2011-2012 season is Jeff's first returned season to the sport after a couple years hiatus while going through shoulder surgery and becoming a newly wed. Jeff is a level T-6 paraplegic, a condition onset after neurosurgeon's repeated attempts of removing the recurrent spinal chord tumors once present on Jeff's spine. Jeff is father to Bailey and husband to Nancy.


Roger White #32
A guard and point guard to the TarWheels, Roger has been playing wheelchair basketball for 20 years now. Roger is from nearby Shelby, NC but moved to Charlotte to attend UNC Charlotte. He now works in the area for Penske Racing as an Electrical Engineer. Roger spends his spare time watching racing and spending time with his long time fiancé Carla Raab. Roger loves the competitiveness and strives to be successful at everything he does, but will never run over others for success.


Richard Travis #10
Diagnosed in his adolescent years with a spinal chord tumor, Richard eventually began using a wheelchair at age 17, which he is now confined to full time. He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999, from Asheville, NC to attend UNC Charlotte. It was through moving to a larger city and meeting other disabled athletes on campus that Richard was able to find wheelchair basketball. A basketball player since 2000 and softball player since 2010 Richard is very passionate about adaptive sports. Since moving to the area, he has graduated from college, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but has stayed in the area to continue competing in adaptive sports. Richard's favorite sport is basketball, but the friends made, tournaments and games competed in, as well as helping The TarWheels Organization grow, are all just as important to him!

Donnie Langford #44
Donnie Langford started the Carolina TarWheels program in Concord, NC. He started this program to bring adaptive sports to Cabarrus County and pass his knowledge on to newer players. He is both the team coach and plays guard on for the TarWheels. Donnie started playing wheelchair basketball after being in a car accident in 1979 that left him as an incomplete paraplegic. Donnie has been happily married to Janet Langford for over 30 years. They are also proud parents of daughter Jennifer and son Chad. The family moved to this area from Tennessee after Donnie took a job with IBM. His favorite part of wheelchair basketball is the great competition, and the fellowship among the players.

Jennifer Langford
Jennifer Langford helped co-found the Carolina Tarwheels with her father Donnie Langford. Jennifer grew up with a disabled father playing in a wheelchair basketball gym. Wheelchair basketball has been a driving factor in building the Carolina Tarwheels along with her company Flamingo Consulting with offers assistance and support to other non-profits in the community. Non-profit work and supporting her community is her passion. Jennifer is the South-Eastern Representative for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and the 1st Vice President for the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference. In Jennifer's spare time she enjoys spending time with her Julian Pot Bellied Pig, Piggy- Sue. 

Janet Langford
Janet Langford is wife to Coach Donnie Langford and team mom. We are always excited when she offers to cook team meals, holiday goodies, and the food for home tournaments.
Janet prefers to be in the behind the scenes helping gather the items and supplies we need for events. She also is a huge help in making the home tournaments a success! In Janet's spare time she can be found yard selling, antiques and refurbishing furniture. 

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