Celebrating the partnership between schools, conferences, National Governing Bodies and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee to support athletes.

The Campaign

Competitive sport opportunities for student athletes with disabilities are on the rise across the collegiate landscape. In addition to integrated opportunities within athletic departments, some programming is housed across campus departments, including club sports, recreational sports, student services, disability services or other university departments.

The Paralympians Made Here campaign is a first-of-its-kind cobranding pilot that allows colleges and universities to use USOPC intellectual property to celebrate their Paralympic footprints. The campaign aims to increase awareness around Paralympic athletes who are currently competing or have competed in our country’s intercollegiate athletics system through both integrated and adapted opportunities. The campaign will run throughout the 2019-2020 academic year in the lead-up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Join The Campaign

Help us celebrate schools that have helped develop current national team athletes, coaches and historic U.S. Paralympians.

Follow The Journey

From the campaign launch on July 24 through the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, we'll be showcasing how colleges and universities are celebrating their Paralympians and Paralympic sport programs. The campaign’s five phases are designed to guide and coordinate school and conference participation throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.

LAUNCH
Phase 1
Phase 1: Graphic for phase one of the Paralympians Made Here campaign representing the campaign's launch on July 24, 2019.
July 24, 2019
HONOR PARALYMPIC HISTORY
Phase 2
Phase 2: Grpahic for phase two of the Paralympians Made here campaign to honor and celebrate Paralympic history, which will launch September 1, 2019 to July 23, 2020.
Sept. 1, 2019-July 23, 2020
CELEBRATE ATHLETES NAMED TO TEAM USA
Phase 3
Phase 3: Graphic for phase three of the Paralympians Made Here campaign to celebrate athletes named to Team USA, which will take place between January 1 to August 24, 2020.
Jan. 1-Aug. 24, 2020
GAMES
Phase 4
Graphic for phase four of the Paralympians Made Here campaign which is collegiate institutions covering Paralympians and Paralympic performances from student-athletes with dates from August 24 to September 6, 2020.
Aug. 24-Sept. 6, 2020
RECOGNIZE 2020 Paralympians
Phase 5
Graphic for phase five of the Paralympians Made Here campaign, representing recognizing Paralympian performances at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 during the fall sport seasons from September 1 to December 31, 2020
Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2020
 

Collegiate Footprint

Competitive collegiate opportunities are an important pipeline for Paralympians. At the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, over 40 percent of the team competed at the college level. During the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, over 20 percent had collegiate athletic ties.

To view the current national team collegiate affiliations database, please click here.

To view the historical U.S. Paralympian collegiate athlete database, please click here.

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