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U.S. Paralympics and SportAbility of Iowa partner to create Paralympic Sport–Solon

SOLON– U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and SportAbility of Iowa have partnered to create Paralympic Sport– Solon.
Paralympic Sport– Solon is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in ongoing sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities will be held throughout eastern Iowa and run by SportAbility of Iowa.
“U.S. Paralympics is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active in their own communities. Participation in physical activity enhances not only self-esteem and peer relationships, but also results in greater achievement, better overall health and higher quality of life,” said Mike Mushett, U.S. Paralympics Director of Community Programs.
With 21 million Americans living with a physical or visual disability, including thousands of military personnel who’ve been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.
SportAbility of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded January 1, 2010 that provides ongoing sports and recreation programs to help people with physical disabilities and visual impairments enjoy an active lifestyle. Although its offices are located in Solon, SportAbility of Iowa collaborates with various community partners including the University of Iowa, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa City VA Health Care System, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund, schools in the Grant Wood Area Education Agency, and local park and recreation agencies to provide recreational programming and hold local competitive sports events to individuals with and without physical disabilities and visual impairments throughout the Eastern Iowa Corridor.
“As Iowa’s first official Paralympic Sport Club, we are honored to partner with the US Paralympics to help people with physical disabilities and visual impairments reap the benefits of regular participation in physical activity” said Sherri Hildebrand, Program Director at SportAbility of Iowa.
U.S. Paralympics is committed to working with community organizations across the United States to create 250 Paralympic Sport Clubs by 2012.
For more information about SportAbility of Iowa, Paralympic Sport – Solon, and its programs, please contact Sherri Hildebrand or Beth Ward, Executive Director, at 319-855-8916 or info@sportabilityofiowa.org.
For more information about U.S. Paralympics, please contact Susan Katz, 719-866-2068 or susan.katz@usoc.org.
About U.S. Paralympics: U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at www.usparalympics.org.
About SportAbility of Iowa: SportAbility of Iowa seeks to empower individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments in eastern Iowa through participation in inclusive sport and recreation activities, while demonstrating to the community the importance of acceptance and respect of diverse populations. Visit the SportAbility of Iowa website at www.sportabilityofiowa.org.