U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

City of Boulder Parks & Recreation EXPAND Program to Host Sports Clinic for Injured Military Personnel

Feb. 03, 2009, 5:41 p.m. (ET)
BOULDER, Colo. - City of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), have partnered to create new Paralympic sport and recreation opportunities based in the Boulder community, specifically for injured military men and women.

EXPAND is hosting an event Saturday, March 7 to kick-off the start of the program. Lessons from experienced Paralympic athletes and training for sports like wheelchair rugby and handcycling will be available. The event will be free to injured service-members and non-military participants with a physical or visual disability.

The event is being held at the University of Colorado at Boulder Recreation Center. The free registration starts at 1:00 p.m. and the event will last until 5:00 p.m. Volunteers, athletes and participants are needed and encouraged to help provide this valuable service to our veterans and the community.

The objective is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sport programs that accommodate injured service members. Activities include wheelchair rugby, track and field and handcycling.

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. 

"It is critical for our injured service members to have the opportunity to be physically active in their communities as part of the rehabilitation process," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.  "There is an incredible healing power that comes from once again being active with your friends or family following a disabling injury.  The USOC is pleased to partner with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program to help our nation's heroes return to living healthy, active lifestyles."

To learn more about the City of Boulder Military Program or EXPAND program, contact Jen Heilveil at 303-413-7474. You may also visit the Boulder Parks and Recreation website at www.boulderparks-rec.org.

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