Jess MarktJess Markt

Coach, Afghan national men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams

Jess Markt began playing wheelchair basketball in the United States three years after suffering a spinal cord injury at the age of 19, and he considers his reintroduction to competitive sports to have been the final step in his recovery from the injury. Jess has been coaching wheelchair basketball since 2009, and has trained players, coaches, and classifiers in Afghanistan, India, Palestine, and Cambodia. Jess also coaches wheelchair basketball teams for men and women in his home state of Colorado.