About U.S. Paralympics

Jon Lujan leading the Team USA delegation into the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014
Alpine skier Jon Lujan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served as the United States flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 on March 7, 2014. Recognized by the International Paralympic Committee as the National Paralympic Committee, a primary function of U.S. Paralympics is fieldingTeam USA for the Paralympic Games.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the nonprofit United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic Movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with disabilities, including physical disabilities and visual impairments

The mission statement of the USOPC: 

Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being.

To learn more about the USOPC, click here.

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.

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 for six sports: alpine skiing, cycling, Nordic skiing (biathlon and cross-country skiing), snowboarding, swimming and track and field.

Addressing an urgent need
Today, there are more than 21 million Americans with a physical disability, many who are eligible to compete in Paralympic sport. Over the past decade, thousands of military personnel have sustained serious injuries during active duty tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Research shows that daily physical activity enhances not only and individual's self-esteem and peer relationships but also results in increased achievement and better health, enabling a higher quality of life. However, despite these findings, most individuals with Paralympic-eligible impairments do not have the opportunity to participate in any regular sports activity.

U.S. Paralympics is working hard to address this national issue with programming from grassroots through the Games. To find local opportunities to participate in sport or to volunteer, visit FindAClub.USParalympics.org.  

    Amy Purdy
Snowboarder Amy Purdy, a three-time Paralympic medalist, is not just an elite athlete. She also co-founded Adaptive Action Sports, a Paralympic Sport Club that provides grassroots and elite programming in sports like snowboarding. 

Sport Development
Is your dream to wear red, white and blue? This is your chance to make that happen. Sport development supports the nationwide athlete identification and development strategy that introduces Americans with Paralympic-eligible impairments to Paralympic sport and leads them into the athlete pipeline for the U.S. Paralympic Team. Take your first step toward the podium by connect with Paralympic Sport Clubs and other Paralympic sport programs in your community by visiting FindAClub.USParalympics.org.

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