U.S. Paralympics athlete development and identification efforts focus on identifying, recruiting, tracking, supporting and retaining Paralympic-eligible athletes with physical and visual disabilities seeking to become internationally competitive.  A key component to the success of the emerging tier of the sport performance pipeline is collaboration between community and military programs, partner organizations, military and veteran facilities and National Governing Bodies.

Athlete recruitment and identification begins at the local level through military and veteran sport camps, site coordinators, community programs, coaches, technical officials, and current athletes.  Once a new Paralympic-eligible athlete is identified as having high performance potential, the Emerging Sports Manager will facilitate appropriate communication between athlete(s) and local program(s) as well as with the appropriate Paralympic sport coaches and high performance directors.  This will include connections to local training resources and participation in select emerging and/or national U.S. Paralympics Team camps and competitions as well as information regarding able-bodied competitions, events and other general sport program opportunities for developing and emerging athletes.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an identified U.S. Paralympics emerging athlete please review our sport classifications, results, standards and the annual sport performance plans, then complete the athlete questionnaire. 

Do you have a future Paralympian in your school?  If so, check out this flyer to learn about the opportunities available for school-aged athletes within Paralympics!

The questionnaire can be found here: Paralympic Eligible Athlete Questionnaire.

For more information on military and veteran training allowance standards, please email VAstipend@usoc.org.