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U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Bridge II Sports Hosting 2009 Triangle Paralympic Academy

May 21, 2009, 11:57 a.m. (ET)

DURHAM, N.C. -- Bridge II Sports announced today that it will be hosting the 2009 Triangle Paralympic Academy in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for June 6, 2009, at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham, NC 27712. "When living with a physical disability, the discovery of freedom of movement and finding ways to overcome the limitations through physical activity is an empowering tool that motivates one to try other challenges," said Ashley Thomas, Executive Director. "We are thrilled about the grass roots efforts through the Paralympic Academy, to give people with disabilities an opportunity to try a variety of adapted sports."

The Triangle Paralympic Academy will introduce students with physical disabilities, ages 8 to 88 to Paralympic sports. In addition to hands-on participation in wheelchair basketball and tennis, hand cycling, sitting volleyball, boccia, and body strengthening, the students will interact with Paralympic athletes.

"The Paralympic Academy program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being in children with physical disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Bridge II Sports on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, Chief of U.S. Paralympics. "Together, we will inspire and encourage more students with physical disabilities to be physically active."

Paralympic Academies are being held in 50 communities throughout the country. For registration information on the Triangle event, visit www.bridge2sports.org or call 866-880-2742. Participation in the Academy is free.

About Bridge II Sports
"Find the player within." For more information about Bridge II Sports, visit www.bridge2sports.org Riverside High School's Wrestling Team has been involved with Bridge II Sports for the past three years. The wrestlers on the team enjoy working with the physically disabled children and adults by sharing their love of sports. These guys have had the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball and tennis as well as other sports they have been introduced to through Bridge II Sports. They found out quickly that playing sports in a wheelchair isn't all that easy, but it can be fun. Each year this is an activity that Riverside's Wrestling Team looks forward to volunteering with and we would like to encourage others to volunteer for other events this year!

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