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Charlotte Rollin' Hornets looking to win national title

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It's an exciting week for the Rollin' Hornets as four of their teams qualified for nationals and are now headed to Louisville to try to bring a championship back home to North Carolina.

However, for players, parents, and coaches this is much more than just a game. 

"This has become by second family, it means the world to me," Austin Smith said.

The team also has plenty of inspiration in Coach David Kiley, who is consider by many the greatest wheelchair basketball player of all time.

"It's a game changer in their lives, more than just making baskets. They are able to set goals in the sport and achieve and then they pass it over into relationships as they get older, in school and career. Wheelchair basketball just breeds better students and better people," Coach Kylie explained.

The most important thing their coaches want people to know - "They are the bright leaders of tomorrow," Coach Godsey said.

Twelve former Rollin' Hornets have gone on to play in the NCAA for colleges like Alabama, Illinois, and Arizona.  Also, thirteen former players have been named Academic All-American.

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