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USA Paratriathlon Awarded $50,000 Grant from U.S. Paralympics
$50,000 grant to fund paratriathlon growth among U.S. military veterans
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Paratriathlon is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), through Veterans Affairs and the United States Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program to help fuel paratriathlon growth among U.S. veterans.
USA Paratriathlon’s primary goal for the program is to develop and host five geographically dispersed, three-day skills camps in the spring and summer of 2013 designed to bring together newly identified veteran paratriathlon recruits, experienced athletes and mentors like three-time world champion Melissa Stockwell.
Through the camps, USA Paratriathlon aims to expose a minimum of 20 disabled veterans to multisport for the first time, while reinforcing paratriathlon skills and participation among experienced athletes. Outreach activities will be planned in each of USA Triathlon’s 10 regions to recruit at least two athletes per region to attend one of the five camps.
Grant funding to sport organizations is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
“USA Paratriathlon is thrilled and honored to receive this grant from U.S. Paralympics and Veterans Affairs,” USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager Andy Schmitz said. “This generous grant will play a key role in helping USA Paratriathlon provide a healthy, competitive outlet for our nation’s wounded veterans and potentially identify Paralympic hopeful athletes for 2016 and beyond.”
The grant monies also will be used to pursue excellence through high performance support of disabled veterans who demonstrate Paralympic potential. Travel support for a number of top paratriathletes will be provided to various races and high performance camps in 2013.
For more information on the program, contact USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Program Manager Amanda Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details will be posted on usatriathlon.org when available.
Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high, and the sport continues to grow following a December 2010 announcement that it will debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. A leader on the international paratriathlon scene, the United States recently won the medal count at the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships with 13 medals. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on the sport of paratriathlon.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 455,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).