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U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Paralympic Sport Clubs

Wheelchair basketball is one of the sports offered by Sportable Richmond, a Paralympic Sport Club based in Virginia. The club offers a dozen sports, including 11 that are on the Paralympic Games program.

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U.S. Paralympics is partnering with community organizations from across the country to create a network of Paralympic Sport Clubs that provide local sport programming for people with Paralympic-eligible impairments, including physical disabilities and visual impairments. While many Paralympic Sport Clubs focus on grassroots programming, many also provide opportunities at the national and international levels.

To view a list of current clubs, click here.

By supporting Paralympic Sport Clubs with resources including coaching education and program development courses, U.S. Paralympics and its National Governing Bodies/High Performance Management Organizations have helped increase the availability of sport programming for Americans with Paralympic-eligible impairments.

Currently operating in 48 states and Washington, D.C., U.S. Paralympics is committed to partnering with organizations across the United States to ensure Paralympic Sport Clubs are available in all 50 states. If your organization is interested in becoming a Paralympic Sport Club, continue reading below.

Interested in finding your local Paralympic Sport Club? Click here.

Benefits of being a Paralympic Sport Club

The Paralympic Sport Club program provides an excellent opportunity for organizations to attract new audiences, increase and sustain sport and physical activity opportunities in the community and raise the profile of Paralympic sport nationally.

In addition, there are a variety of specific benefits offered to Paralympic Sport Clubs including:

Marketing

  • A license to use the Paralympic Sport Club logo
  • A hyperlink from the U.S. Paralympics website, USParalympics.org,  to the organization’s website
  • Ability to submit news releases and other promotional information for consideration on the U.S. Paralympics website and in other Paralympic communications tools, within parameters established by the USOC
  • Ability to post job openings on the TeamUSA.org website
  • Eligibility to host a Paralympic Experience each calendar year in the local organizations region or community
  • Access to the Paralympic Sport Club Tool Kit, which contains graphic templates including electronic newsletters, posters, banners, recruitment cards, certificate of participation, tri-fold brochure, a Paralympic Experience flyer and more
  • Opportunity to post an organizational profile in the Paralympic Resource Network, an online database that lists Paralympic sport programs nationwide

Resources

  • Ability to participate in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program designed to support and recognize Paralympic Sport Clubs as they evolve their sport programming in various areas, including athlete identification and coaching education, and to recognize their contribution to the Paralympic Movement
  • Access to a SafeSport campaign and a volunteer management and background check program through Operation TLC2
  • Opportunities to apply for grants that are periodically developed to enhance and expand programming
  • One tuition scholarship for a Paralympic Sport Club coach or executive, as selected by the local operator, to attend select U.S. Paralympics conferences held by the USOC
  • Subscription to the U.S. Paralympics eNewsletter, containing information about upcoming events, partner organizations and other Paralympic sport information
  • Paralympic Sport Club technical support

Recognition

  • Consideration for annual award nominations
  • Consideration for the bi-weekly Paralympic Sport Club Spotlight feature on USParalympics.org and other digital and social media outreach
  • Occasional national partner recognition and sponsorship at the local level

    After viewing the Paralympic Sport Club Overview for program information and eligibility requirements, applicants can fill out the form electronically. You may also print it out and fax it back to (719) 866-2029, Attn: Paralympic Sport Club Program.

    For more information on how your organization can become a Paralympic Sport Club, please contact Dan Schwieder.