Basketball (Wheelchair)

Steve Serio

Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Hometown: Westbury, New York
Currently Resides: New York City, New York
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Social Media: Instagram: @SteveSerio11
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Camry Hybrid
Paralympic History: 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020

Competition Highlights

  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold 
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, gold
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, bronze
  • Paralympic Games Beijing 2008, 4th
  • Four-time World Championship medalist, silver (2006, 2014, 2018), bronze (2010)

About Steve Serio

Steve Serio is the son of Ed and Hilary Serio and has a younger brother, Luke. At 11 months old, Serio had surgery to remove a spinal tumor, which resulted in the compression of his spinal cord. Consequently, he was left paralyzed and is classified as an incomplete paraplegic.  

Serio began playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 14 when he was a sophomore in high school. He led his high school to its first national title where he was named the MVP. 

After high school, Serio played for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, going on to lead the team to a national championship where he was awarded Championship Game Player of the Game, National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) tournament MVP and the NWBA’s 31st National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Player of the Year.  

In 2010, Serio graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a degree in Exercise Physiology and began playing professionally in Germany for RSV Lahn-Dill. While in Germany, he helped capture four German titles and two European Champions Cup titles. Serio returned to Germany in early 2021 to again wear the RSV Lahn-Dill jersey and helped lead the team to another European Champions Cup title before returning the U.S. to prepare for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. His team-high 28 points led Team USA in defending the gold medal.  

When not training or on the court, Serio enjoys reading, exercising and travel. 

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