Lakeshore Foundation Hosting Paralympic Academy

June 11, 2009, 1:11 p.m. (ET)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -   Lakeshore Foundation will host the 2009 Birmingham, Alabama Paralympic Academy in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for June 20th at Lakeshore Foundation.

"We are very excited to partner with U.S. Paralympics in this opportunity to introduce Paralympic sports with youth of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability," said Beth Curry, Chief Program Officer at Lakeshore Foundation.

The Birmingham Paralympic Academy will introduce students with physical disabilities, ages 7-19, to Paralympic sports.  In addition to hands-on participation in tennis and track & field, the students will interact with Paralympic athletes and coaches. There will also be educational sessions on Paralympic sports for parents, teachers, coaches, program leaders and rehabilitation specialists.  

"The Paralympic Academy program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being in children with physical disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Lakeshore Foundation on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.  "Research shows that youth with physical disabilities who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school and have an enhanced quality of life."  

Paralympic Academies are being held in communities throughout the country.  For registration information on the Birmingham event, contact Diana Helt at 205.313.7426 or Participation in the Academy is free. 

About Lakeshore Foundation:  Lakeshore Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through fitness, recreation, and athletics. These programs help children and adults with physical disabilities maintain healthy and active lifestyles, as well as develop stronger self-esteem and improve independent living skills. For more information, visit