The student athletes will participate in sports training sessions with U.S. Paralympians, a VIP tour of the OTC, and they will also spend the weekend being mentored by Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The first National Paralympic Acadamy was held in 2005. The event takes place every two years and is designed to bring together student athletes (ages 12-18), coaches and program directors from Paralympic organizations across the country to share best practices, discuss Olympic and Paralympic ideals and to be inspired by Paralympians facilitating the academy programs.
�The National Paralympic Academy is a great opportunity to introduce children with physical disabilities to Paralympic sport,� said Charlie Huebner, chief of U.S. Paralympics. �In addition to sports, these students work closely with Paralympic athletes who act as mentors and help them realize all that is possible.�
For more information about the U.S. Paralympics and its programs, please contact the U.S. Paralympics office at (719) 866-2039 or visit our Web site at www.usparalympics.org.