National Paralympic Academy kicks off June 1

National Paralympic Academy kicks off June 1
Forty-eight student-athletes with physical disabilities and 25 coaches will come to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs for the 2007 National Paralympic Academy, June 1-4.

The students will participate in sports training sessions with U.S. Paralympians, a VIP tour of the OTC, and they will spend the weekend being mentored by Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

"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."

Featured sports at the training sessions will include goalball, judo, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

Coaches will learn more about how to promote paralympic sport in their communities, as well as the importance of physical activity among children with physical disabilities.

Among the 2007 National Paralympic participants is Dylan Fischbach, Vermillion.

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.

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