Paralympic Sport Club 
Excellence Program

What does an elite Paralympic Sport Club look like? The Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program, implemented by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, is designed to support and recognize Paralympic Sport Clubs as they evolve their sport programming in various areas, including athlete identification and coaching education, and to recognize their contribution to the Paralympic Movement. 

Participation in the Excellence Program is encouraged for all Paralympic Sport Clubs. All participating clubs must start at the bronze level and then move to the silver and gold levels. Application deadline for submission is November 1, and approval deadline will be November 15 of each calendar year.

Organizations interested in becoming a Paralympic Sport Club can view eligibility requirements by accessing our Paralympic Sport Club page

Paralympic Sport Club representatives can contact Calli Doggett for additional information. 

Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program

The multi-tier program has benchmarks at the gold, silver and bronze levels to give participating clubs a blueprint for transitioning from a basic provider to an elite (gold level) provider of Paralympic sport programming. After a Paralympic Sport Club completes a level, the club will be eligible to receive recognition and award designation for the bronze, silver and gold levels.

The following Paralympic Sport Clubs have been recognized as gold, silver or bronze level clubs through November 2016.

Bronze Level

Bronze Level Clubs

Achieve Tahoe (Tahoe City, CA)
Adaptive Sports Foundation (Windham, NY) 
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (Franconia, NH) 
Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (Wooster, OH) 
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (National City, CA) 
Alegent Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center (Omaha, NE) 
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (Berkeley, CA)  
Carolinas HealthCare System - Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (Charlotte, NC)
Children's Lightning Wheels (Mountainside, NJ)
Cincinnati Recreation Commission (Cincinnati, OH)
Challenged Athletes of West Virginia (Snowshoe, WV) 
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program (Boulder, CO) 
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (Colorado Springs, CO) 
City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services (Reno, NV) 
Columbus Recreation and Parks (Columbus, OH)
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (Mammoth Lakes, CA) 
Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association (Omaha, NE) 
Fort Collins Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (Fort Collins, CO) 
Higher Ground Sun Valley (Sun Valley, ID) 
HOPE Inc. (Fargo, ND) 
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (Newry, ME) 
Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital (Washington D.C.)
Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation (Miami, FL) 
Michigan State University – Demmer Center (Lansing, MI) 
North Jersey Navigators, Inc (Bayonne, NJ) 
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (Vancouver, WA)
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation (Lake Worth, FL)
PossAbilities (Loma Linda, CA) 
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) 
Row New York (Long Island City, NY)
St. Marys County Department of Rec. and Parks (Leonardtown, MD) 
SMCL Foundation & Associates (New Orleans, LA) 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (East Sandwich, MA)
Sports Association, Gaylord Hospital (Wallingford, CT) 
Steamboat STARS (Steamboat, CO)
STRIDE Adaptive Sports (Rensselaer, NY)
Team Paradise Sailing (Miami, FL) 
Therapeutic Adventures (Charlottesville, VA)
Three Rivers Rowing Association (Pittsburgh, PA)
Touch the Future Inc. (Anderson, SC) 
U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center (Big Bear Lake,CA) 
University of UT Health Care – Rehab Center TRAILS (Salt Lake, CA) 
Youth Challenge (Westlake, OH) 

More information on how to become a Bronze Level Paralympic Sport Club

Apply

Apply for the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program by clicking on the status you are interested in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PSC Excellence Program?

 

The Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program is a multi-tier (bronze, silver & gold) program with benchmarks at each level. It is designed to support and recognize PSC organizations as they evolve their sport programming in various areas, including athlete identification and coaching education, and to recognize their contribution to the Paralympic Movement.

 

Who can participate in the PSC Excellence Program?

 

Only sport and recreation organizations with an active Paralympic Sport Club agreement with the United States Olympic Committee are eligible to participate in this program. 

  

Is participation in the PSC Excellence Program required for eligible Paralympic Sport Clubs?

 

Program participation is voluntary, however strongly encouraged for organizations who desire to further connect with the High Performance goals and objectives of the Paralympic Team of United States Olympic Committee.

 

How many levels of recognition are there in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence program?

 

The program has three levels of designation that participating Paralympic Sport Clubs can attain upon completion of benchmarks associated with each level.

 

Does participating in the PSC Excellence Program alter my PSC agreement?

 

Participation in the PSC Excellence Program does not alter your PSC agreement with the USOC, including the agreement renewal date

 

When I complete benchmarks within a level, how do I submit an application for completion?

 

Applications of completion are submitted online. You can find the online applications in the above section titled "Apply".

 

Can I submit Gold before Bronze?

 

All participating programs must start at the bronze level and then move to the silver and gold levels. Advancement through multiple levels can be achieved in the same calendar year.

 

What is the application deadline for completing a designated level?

 

Application deadline for submission is November 1 and approval deadline will be November 15 within each calendar year. Any applications after these dates will need to be held until the following calendar year.

 

What consists of the recognition and awards for those completing a level within a calendar year?

 

Recognition and awards will be given according to highest level obtained within the calendar year. For bronze clubs will be recognized with a banner. For silver and gold clubs will be recognized with a banner and will be eligible for an award of funding.

 

Will a participating Paralympic Sport Club need to renew their bronze, silver or gold status after a period?

 

Every two years, a PSC must recertify its current level. To recertify, the club will be notified of its expiring status and will need to resubmit up dated status according to each benchmark of its current level (bronze, silver or gold according to highest level attained).