Mike Mushett, U.S. Olympic Committee Director of Community Programs, Paralympic Division, has been honored by the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame with its 2008 Rick Knas Lifetime Achievement Award. This award acknowledges the exceptional success, sportsmanship and community service of one outstanding individual.
Mushett's career spans more than 30 years directing competitive sports and adaptive recreation programs on the community, national and international level. Prior to joining the U.S. Olympic Committee, Mushett also held positions as Senior Vice President and Chief of Game Operations on the Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee and as Vice President of Programs for BlazeSports America.
"Michigan was where my career started and being honored with this award provided me the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues," said Mushett. "Additionally, Rick Knas (who the lifetime achievement award is named after) was a close friend and colleague who passed away a number of years ago, so it made the receiving of the award especially meaningful."
The Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to celebrate men and women who overcome physical challenges to become elite athletes and superior role models.