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  • 815 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK
  • 918.584.8607

What is a Paralympic Sports 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.

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.

 

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.
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