CHICAGO, IL November 7 –2012 Paralympic Games silver medalist Myles Porter is in Chicago to serve as an ambassador and role model to Chicago’s up and coming Paralympic Judo players. The disability requirement to compete in Paralympic Judo is visual impairment. Porter is working with kids in Chicago Nov. 7 through tomorrow.
In addition to winning silver in the men’s 100kg division at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Porter is the first U.S. judo player to be ranked number one in both the Olympic (sighted) and Paralympic (non-sighted) categories in his weight class. Myles achieved that feat this past weekend by winning the Dallas Invitational. Back in May, he became the first visually impaired player in the world to place at an IJF World Cup ( Miami, FL ).
“I’m excited to get back to Chicago to see the growth in their Paralympic judo programs,” said Porter, who last visited the Windy City in early 2010. “I promised them that I would be wearing a Paralympic medal the next time that they saw me. I hope my visit can inspire a group of future Paralympic judo players.”
Throughout his stay, Porter will be giving clinics at numerous Paralympic Judo programs. These programs, which include Blair Early Childhood Center and three Chicago Park District locations ( Norwood Park, Chase Park and Davis Square Park ) are part of the Menomonee Judo Club, recently named a Paralympic National Training Site by USA Judo. The Paralympic Judo movement in Chicago has benefited from the commitment of World Sport Chicago. World Sport Chicago is the legacy of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Friday evening, Menomonee Judo will be hosting a reception to honor Porter’s silver medal at the 2012 Paralympics. ” It’s an honor for our club to host someone of Myles’ stature. He’s been a good friend and we’re excited to celebrate his accomplishment of becoming the number one ranked 100kg player in the United States. ” said Brett Wolf, the head instructor of the Menomonee Judo Club.
Story by Brett Wolf