What does an elite Paralympic Sport Club look like? The Paralympic Sport Club Excellence 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 Club completes a level, the club will be eligible to receive recognition and award designated for the bronze, silver and gold levels.
Participation is open and voluntary to all Paralympic Sport Clubs. All participating clubs must start at the bronze level and then move to the silver and gold levels. Application deadline for submission is November 1, and approval deadline will be November 15 of each calendar year.
Paralympic Sport Club representatives can contact their U.S. Paralympics manager for additional information.
Clubs that do not participate in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence 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/.
Congratulations to the following organizations that obtained Bronze, Silver or Gold levels during the 2013 calendar year!
Central Cross Country Ski Association
Holyoke Rows, Inc.
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association
Penn State Ability Athletics and Disability Recreation Program
Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Adaptive Sports Foundation
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country
Bridge II Sports
Community Rowing Inc.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation
North Jersey Navigators, Inc
Sportable Richmond Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Sports Association, Gaylord Hospital
St. Marys County Department of Rec. and Parks
Team Paradise Sailing
Charleston Area Medical Center
Touch the Future Inc.
Challenged Athletes of West Virginia
Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio
Alegent Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center
Disabled Athlete Sports Association
Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Disabled Sports USA Far West
Fort Collins Adaptive Recreation Opportunities
Higher Ground Sun Valley
Northwest Association of Blind Athletes
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports
U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center
University of UT Health Care – Rehab Center TRAILS