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As a part of the Gateway to Gold program, U.S. Paralympics and its community partners, including National Governing Bodies, Paralympic Sport Clubs and veteran organizations are hosting free introduction to sport and talent identification events across the country. The target population for the program is Paralympic-eligible (classifiable) athletes with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment. Emphasis is being placed on high school to collegiate-aged athletes. However, events are open to individuals of all ages who have a Paralympic-eligible impairment, although some events may be invitation-only.

Upcoming 2015 events


September 20
Houston, Texas
Harris County – Houston Sports Authority
Sports: cycling, powerlifting, track and field, wheelchair tennis
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October 4

Boston, Massachusetts
Adaptive Sports New England
Sports:  Nordic skiing, rowing, swimming, track and field
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October 10
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sports Minneapolis
Sports:  cycling, Nordic skiing, track and field
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October 17
Berkeley, California
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
Sports:  archery, cycling, swimming, wheelchair basketball
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May 30, 2015
Gateway to Gold Talent Identification Day 
Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities | Phoenix, Arizona
Sports: Rowing, Volleyball and Tennis                    
Contact: Kelsey Bocken: 
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May 30, 2015
Gateway to Gold Adaptive Sports Clinic 
Paralympic Sport Club of Connecticut | New Britain, Connecticut               
Sports: Swimming and Track & Field        
Contact: Janet Connolly:  860-832-6220  
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June 13-14, 2015
Maryland Gateway to Gold
Paralympic Sport Maryland | Baltimore, Maryland
Sport: Rugby                      
Contact: Lori Patria:   410-448-6275  
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June 27, 2015
Central Cross Country Ski Association Gateway to Gold
Paralympic Sport Madison | Madison, Wisconsin
Sport: Nordic Ski, Biathlon                   
Contact: Martin Donegan:  610-217-8836 
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July 18, 2015
Central New York Gateway to Gold

Paralympic Sport New York | Utica, New York
Sport: Goalball
Contact: Alex Crawford: 315-797-2233

Aug. 1, 2015
Gateway to Gold Talent Identification Day 
Youth Challenge | Westlake, Ohio
Sports: Cycling and Swimming                    
Contact: Mackenzie Maglic:  440-892-1001
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August 22, 2015
Gateway To Gold - Paddle to the Paralympics 
BlazeSports America | Atlanta, Georgia 
Sport: Canoe
Contact: Gillian Sharp/Kit McCluskey:  404-270-2000
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Sept. 27, 2015
Sled Hockey Gateway to Gold 
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association | Lake Forest,Illinois
Sport: Sled Hockey                          
Contact: Cindy Housner:   847-283-0908  
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Sept. 2015
Gateway to Gold Talent Identification Day
South Texas Regional Adaptive Paralympic Sport (STRAPS) | San Antonio, Texas                
Sport: Shooting 
Contact: Wendy Gumbert:  512-914-3152
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Oct. 10, 2015
Gateway to Gold - Wounded Warrior Honor Day 
Paralympic Sport Southern Maryland | Leonardtown, Maryland               
Sport: Shooting
Contact: Christina Bishop:  301-475-4200 x1802
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