What is a Paralympic Sport Club?

Paralympic Sport – Tulsa is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in ongoing sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level.  All programs and activities will be based in Tulsa and run by THE CENTER.

“U.S. Paralympics is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active in their own communities.  Participation in physical activity enhances not only self-esteem and peer relationships, but also results in greater achievement, better overall health and higher quality of life,” said Mike Mushett, U.S. Paralympics Director of Community Programs.

With 21 million Americans living with a physical or visual disability, including thousands of military personnel who’ve been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.

THE CENTER for Individuals with Physical Challenges, located at 815 South Utica Avenue in Tulsa, has remained true to its mission to “provide opportunities for persons with physical challenges to enhance the quality of their lives.” Lori Long, Executive Director, comments “THE CENTER is so excited about this opportunity. The prestige and recognition that comes with being a part of the US Paralympics team will increase our ability to better serve our community and region.”

U.S. Paralympics is committed to working with community organizations across the United States to create 250 Paralympic Sport Clubs by 2012. Check out the current US Paralympics Team action at www.usparalympics.org.

For more information about THE CENTER’s programs and services, contact Sherry Setters, 918-584-8607 or ssetters@tulsacenter.org. For more information about U.S. Paralympics, please contact Susan Katz, (719) 866-2068 or susan.katz@usoc.org.

What is a Paralympic Sport Club?

Since 2007, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), has partnered with community organizations from across the country to create a network of Paralympic Sport Clubs. Paralympic Sport Clubs are community-based programs developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. All Paralympic Sport Club programs and activities are based in the community and are run by the local organization. The local organization could be a Parks and Recreation department, nonprofit organization, rehabilitation hospital, school system, college/university, or other community-based organization that has the interest, expertise and resources to successfully plan and implement a program.

Program Launch:  The Paralympic Sport Club program was launched in November of 2007. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, the initial launch encompassed approximately 20 key markets throughout the country, followed by a nationwide roll-out. There are currently more than 140 active Paralympic Sport Clubs in approximately 40 states.

With 21 million Americans with physical and visual disabilities, including veterans and military personnel who have sustained serious injuries while on active duty, local Paralympic sport programming has become an important community need.

U.S. Paralympics is committed to working with community organizations across the United States to create 250 Paralympic Sport Clubs by the end of 2012.

The Paralympic Sport Club program is designed to be implemented within an agency’s menu of programs. U.S. Paralympics provides the opportunity to use Paralympic marks in promoting your local program, and provides the opportunity to co-brand Paralympics with your existing local program or agency.

The objectives of Paralympic Sport Club program include:

  • Develop community-based sports clubs that recruit and involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity regardless of skill or interest level.
  • Develop a comprehensive, community-based Paralympic Sport Club network as a foundation for a Paralympic athlete pipeline.
  • Provide community-based sport program opportunities for injured service members and veterans to continue sport participation upon their integration back into their home communities.
  • Create a national, unified, community-based Paralympic Sport Club network that provides a “grassroots” branding campaign to educate Americans on the opportunities and benefits inherent in sport and physical activity as practiced by people with physical and visual disabilities.