Sports & Fitness Center Achieves Paralympic Sport Club Gold Level
by Brielle Carter
Program Coordinator, Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
Our benchmarks have been reviewed, processed, and approved, and Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center has achieved the Gold Level in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program.
U.S. Paralympics has partnered with community organizations in 48 states and the District of Columbia to form a nationwide Paralympic Sport Club network.
The medals, corresponding to the Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels, are given to Paralympic Sports Clubs in recognition of their efforts to advance the growth and development of the Paralympic Movement.
Paralympic Sport Clubs are community-based programs that engage youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity regardless of skill level.
There are established benchmarks for each level, including multiple benchmarks within each level for every year. We obtained such benchmarks by participating in a Paralympic Talent Identification Day two years in a row and obtaining Paralympic Sport Coaching certifications, among other requirements.
We will continue to operate our Paralympic Sport Club program according to the benchmarks of the Gold level and uphold to review them each year. We must recertify our current Gold level programming every four years, and will begin the process of eligibility in 2017.
For more information about Paralympic Sport Clubs, visit www.teamusa.org.
For more information about Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center programs and opportunities, visit www.ability360.org/sports.