Sled hockey goalie Steve Cash, a three-time U.S. Paralympian with gold medals from the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, was the United States flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March 2014. Cash also competes in club sled hockey through Disabled Athlete Sport Association, a Paralympic Sport Club based in St. Louis.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the nonprofit United States Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic Movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with Paralympic-eligible impairments.
Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. Through relationships with hundreds of organizations across the country including National Governing Bodies/High Performance Management Organizations and Paralympic Sport Clubs, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people with Paralympic-eligible impairments every day with educational opportunities and sports programming.
In 2013, U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden became the first athlete, able-bodied or Paralympic-eligible, to win a marathon grand slam. She won in Boston, London, Chicago and New York.
While grassroots programming is an area of emphasis for U.S. Paralympics, the organization is also the National Paralympic Committee in the United States, as recognized by the International Paralympic Committee, and is responsible for elite sports programming including sending a U.S. Paralympic Team to the Paralympic Games, summer and winter. U.S. Paralympics operates as the NGB/HPMO for six sports: alpine skiing, cycling, Nordic skiing (biathlon and cross-country skiing), snowboarding, swimming and track and field.
Whether you are exploring Paralympic sport for the first time or are ready to compete for Team USA, U.S. Paralympics has opportunities for you. From Alaska to Florida, no matter where you are, there's an opportunity for you to explore your potential with programs like Gateway to Gold and grants like the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes.
But the success of U.S. Paralympics is about more than athletes.
You can coach.
You can classify.
You can volunteer.
You can be a part of the Paralympic Movement.