BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Lakeshore Foundation's Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military and the United States Olympic Committee's U.S. Paralympic Military Program are joining forces February 25-27, 2010 to present the U.S. Paralympic Military Sports Camp for servicemen and women who have sustained severe physical injuries.
For the third consecutive year, this special event will take place at Lakeshore Foundation. Thirty-two participants, including six Alabama natives, and 27 coaches will travel from all over the country to participate in this weekend’s special camp.
“The focus of U.S. Paralympic Military Sports Camp is to expose participants to the possibilities of competitive sports offered at the next level and helping them to realize their potential,” said Mandy Goff, coordinator of Lima Foxtrot Programs. “Our goal is for these individuals to retain the skills they learn over the weekend and then get plugged into sports opportunities in their hometown. We want them to see and believe the opportunities are there. That’s the first step to taking their dreams to the next level.”
Military personnel who have sustained severe physical injuries will be introduced to competitive sports opportunities offered at the Paralympic level through clinics and light competition led by Paralympic athletes and coaches. Participants will come to the camp at all different levels of ability from competitive athletes to individuals who are interested in learning about sports opportunities available to them post-injury.
Many of the coaches for this year’s camp were athletes in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Carlos Leon, an injured marine from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. actually trained at Lakeshore Foundation in preparation for the Games. He will be assisting with track and field activities. Three-time Paralympic medalist Jen Schuble also trained at Lakeshore and will be coaching cycling this weekend.
Activities throughout the weekend will include archery, basketball, shooting, swimming, track & field, sit volleyball and cycling. There is no cost to military servicemen and women.