Sanchez lost his left leg to cancer at age eight. He was introduced to wheelchair basketball at the age of 14 and immediately excelled. After winning a championship with his high school team, Sanchez got a scholarship offer from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned All-American honors his last three years there. He entered the National Wheelchair Basketball Association after graduation and won a league championship there, and since played overseas in Italy and Spain. Sanchez joined the US National Team in 2018 and is looking for his first Paralympic medal in Tokyo.
Away from the court:
Off the court Sanchez stays active through training, hiking, and getting outdoors. He is a huge Golden State Warriors fan.
In their own words:
“This has been my goal since I first started, but I didn’t really think I would get there. I was overweight and never really took basketball too seriously, until my third year of college. My coach had a serious talk with me, and I thank him a lot for making me realize my potential.”
“Sometimes you get lazy and you don’t have that motivation but being around these guys here it’s impossible to be lazy. They push me to the max and they expect greatness out of me and that’s what I want to give them.”
Team USA Page
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Team USA: “A National Team Newbie, Wheelchair Basketball Player Jorge Sanchez Competes With Heroes and Mentors at Worlds”
- Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
- Limb Difference: Left above knee
- DOB: 10/3/91
- Residence: Oakland, CA
- College: University of Texas-Arlington
- Classification: 4