In 1975, The University of Texas at Arlington received a $33,000 grant from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission under the direction of Jim Hayes. Hayes` concept was to use $23,000 to begin a live in attendants program enabling severely disabled students to live on campus, and the remaining $10,000 would be used to build an adaptive sports program. In the fall of 1976 the FreeWheelers, what would become the Movin` Mavs, began with only a handful of players. The team won its first game against University of Houston before winning 4 straight Texas Intercollegiate State titles from 1978 to 1981. The team tried to join the National Wheelchair Basketball Association`s Central Intercollegiate Conference (what would later become the Intercollegiate League) in 1981, but they were not eligible. After being unable to field a team in 1982, the team returned to the court in 1983. A huge moment came in 1989 with the establishment of the Andrew David Beck Memorial Scholarship as the first full scholarship for adaptive sports in the country. In 1990 the team officially became the Movin` Mavs, and placed 4th at intercollegiate nationals that year in Marshall, Minnesota. After that the team won 4 straight titles from 1991 to 1994. This was followed by titles in 1997, 2002, and 2006. The Movin` Mavs have expanded over the years to offer Intercollegiate Wheelchair Tennis (National Championships in 2004, and 2014) and in 2013 the Lady Movin` Mavs (National Championship in 2016). The program continues to grow, and provide inspiration to so many people.
Movin' Mavs TV began as a concept to help grow the sport of Wheelchair Basketball. Since starting in 2011, Movin' Mavs TV has had more than 50,000 viewers from almost 200 countries. The focus of this channel is, and will always be, the development of new talent through training videos while also allowing viewers to see live, and archived broadcasts from the UTA Movin' Mavs, and Lady Movin' Mavs.Movin Mavs TV is, to this day, still the only broadcast in the U.S. that televises all games of any Intercollegiate team. The message of Movin' Mavs TV is simple: Dream Big, because inspiration is real.