Paralympic Sport Club
What does an elite Paralympic Sport Club look like? The Paralympic Sport Club Development Program, implemented by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, is 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.
The multi-tier program has benchmarks at the bronze, silver and gold levels to give participating clubs a blueprint for transitioning from a basic provider to an elite (gold level) provider of Paralympic programming. After a Paralympic Sport Clubs completes a level, the club will be eligible to receive recognition and award designated for the bronze, silver and gold levels.
Participation is open to all Paralympic Sport Clubs but the deadline for applications is Nov. 15 each year. All participating clubs must start at the bronze level and then move to the silver and gold levels.
Paralympic Sport Club representatives can contact their U.S. Paralympics manager for additional information.
Clubs that do not participate in the Paralympic Sport Club Development Program can maintain their status as a Paralympic Sport Club without the designation of any level. Included in the criteria for an organization to receive the distinction of being a Paralympic Sport Club, the organization must conduct existing or new programs in one or more Paralympic sports for athletes with physical and visual disabilities a minimum of 40 days per calendar year, among other responsibilities.
Organizations interested in becoming a Paralympic Sport Club can view eligibility requirements and download an application at http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Community/Paralympic-Sport-Clubs/.