(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Olympian Ryan Reser and Paralympian Myles Porter, both of the USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, led judo demonstrations on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. at Lower D Park on Capitol Hill.
The USA Judo athletes were among an elite contingent of U.S. athletes that included Bart Conner, two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics; Tim Morehouse, Olympian in fencing; Arlene Limas, Olympian in taekwondo; Nathaniel Mills, three-time Olympian in speed skating; Bill Scherr, Olympian in wrestling; Melissa Merson, Olympian in triathlon; and Ann Cody, Paralympian in track and field and basketball.
The athletes were on hand to raise awareness and support for youth sport programs across the United States.
"We were spreading the word about helping kids be fit and healthy and if we're out there living the lifestyle, it's easy for them to follow in our footsteps," Reser said.
The event, which was conducted by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago, featured a brief program with members of Congress from the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, including Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC), Founder and Co-Chairman, Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports; Congressman Jim Jordan (OH); and Congressman John Shimkus (IL).
With 62 days remaining until the International Olympic Committee selects the host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the athletes were vocal in their support of the Games coming to Chicago.
"It was just great to work in conjunction with all our fellow Olympians and Paralympians to really have a hand in helping Chicago get the 2016 bid because there would be nothing better than to have the Olympics on home soil."