Steil Honors Gold Medalist and Milton Native John Boie
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01) submitted a Congressional Record to the U.S. House of Representatives in recognition of John Boie, a Gold Medalist from Southeast Wisconsin. The Congressional Record honors Boie’s achievement of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games held this summer in Tokyo.
“John represented the United States and Southeast Wisconsin with honor. He made both his country and community proud with his composure, talent, and determination. On behalf of Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, I would like to congratulate John on his tremendous accomplishment and wish him the best of luck,” said Congressman Bryan Steil.
Text of the Congressional Record can be found here:
Mr. Steil: Madame Speaker, I rise today to honor John Boie. A native of Milton, Wisconsin, John Boie competed for Team USA at the 2020 Paralympics held this year in Tokyo, Japan. John was a member of Team USA’s Wheelchair Basketball and helped lead the team to a gold medal victory in a 64-60 win over Japan. John and his teammates secured a gold medal for the United States at the second straight Paralympics for Men’s Wheelchair basketball.
During a preliminary game against Iran, John was the heart of Team USA’s defensive effort turning 11 first half turnovers into 18 points. The win over Iran contributed to the team’s 4-1 record in pool play allowing them to advance to the final knockout round at the 2020 Paralympics Games. The team demonstrated strong chemistry, bolstered by a common thread with five players having ties to UW-Whitewater, including John himself. Together, the team competed in a thrilling gold medal matchup with the United States defeating Japan 64-60 in a come from behind win after trailing during the third quarter. In addition to scoring four points for Team USA, John’s strong defensive effort throughout the game helped the United States secure victory.
John’s love for sports began at a young age. Despite suffering from an incomplete spinal cord injury after an accident involving tractor, John continued to demonstrate a love for the game of basketball. John was introduced to wheelchair basketball after attending a wheelchair basketball summer camp at UW-Whitewater when he was eleven years old. John would go on to attend UW-Whitewater where he would become a three-time collegiate wheelchair basketball champion. John would go on to win a silver medal during the 2018 World Championships.
John represented the United States and Southeast Wisconsin with honor. He made both his country and community proud with his composure, talents, and determination. While this is his first gold medal, John’s passion for success suggests that it won’t be his last. I know Southeast Wisconsin will be backing him 100% in his future endeavors.
John’s perseverance through adversity helped lead to this historic success. I was proud to watch John represent Wisconsin and the United States on the world stage. On behalf of Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, I would like to congratulate John on his tremendous accomplishment and wish him the best of luck.