U.S. Paralympics and Wheelchair Sports Inc. Partner to Create Paralympic Sport – Wichita
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JAN `09
Wichita KS. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and Wheelchair Sports Inc. have partnered to create Paralympic Sport – Wichita.
Paralympic Sport – Wichita, is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities will be based in Wichita and run by Wheelchair Sports Inc. (WSI).
“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 physically disabled Americans, including thousands of military personnel who've been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.
Wheelchair Sports Inc. is a not for profit organization based in Wichita that is committed to provide athletic, recreational and social opportunities for disabled individuals in Wichita and surrounding areas.
“WSI is excited to partner with U.S. Paralympics to offer more opportunities that enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities. Encouraging, competition, recreation and socialization are the focus of Wheelchair Sports Inc.,” commented James Watson, Vice President Wheelchair Sports Inc.”.
U.S. Paralympics is committed to working with community organizations across the United States to create 250 Paralympic Sport Clubs by 2012.For more information about Wheelchair Sports/ Paralympic Sport – Wichita, please contact Tiffany Nickel
About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at www.usparalympics.org.
Wheelchair Sports, Inc. is a non-profit (501c-3) corporation dedicated to the promotion of adaptive sports and recreation in south-central Kansas. Our Goals:
* Provide, promote, encourage and engage in sports, physical fitness, and recreational activities designed for individuals with physical disabilities.
* Provide an atmosphere of support and learning for individuals interested in expanding their current levels of activity.
* Increase awareness and interest in adaptive sports.
* Promote the social health and well-being of individuals with physical disabilities.