COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ― U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, today announced that Children’s Specialized Hospital’s, Children’s Lightning Wheels PSC, has been recognized as a BRONZE level club as a part of the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program, which also recognizes 65 other clubs across the country. Created in 2013, the excellence program is designed to support Paralympic Sport Clubs as they evolve their sport programming in areas such as athlete identification and coaching education, and recognize their contributions to growing the Paralympic movement in the United States.

“Paralympic Sport Clubs are critical not only for the development of athletes but also for the growth of the Paralympic movement in the United States,” said Rick Adams, chief of Paralympic sport and NGB organizational development. “We are grateful for the investment these Paralympic Sport Clubs have made in their communities and we are proud to honor their commitment to excellence in supporting future Paralympic athletes.”

The multi-tier excellence program has benchmarks at the bronze, silver and gold levels to give participating clubs a blueprint for transitioning from a basic provider (bronze level) to an elite provider (gold level) of Paralympic programming. After a Paralympic Sport Club completes a level, the club will be eligible to receive recognition and an award designated for the bronze, silver or gold level. Clubs designated as gold or silver receive a stipend for programming, while bronze-level clubs receive recognition banners.

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When the program launched in 2013, 24 programs were recognized. This year, an additional 15 clubs across the country achieved excellence for the first time or moved up a level from 2015. These 15 clubs are:

Gold medal awardees:

Bridge II Sports, Durham, NC

Penn State University Ability Athletics, University Park, PA

Silver medal awardee:

Challenge Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Golden Valley, MN

Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, Chicago, IL

Sportable Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Richmond, VA

Bronze medal awardees:

Children’s Lightning Wheels, Mountainside, NJ

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Columbus, OH

Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington D.C.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, Vancouver, WA

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Lake Worth, FL

Row New York, Long Island City, NY

Steamboat STARS, Steamboat, CO

Therapeutic Adventures, Charlottesville, VA

Three Rivers Rowing Association, Pittsburgh, PA

Recognition levels are valid through the end of the quadrennial, but clubs have the option to move up the following year.


Participation is open and voluntary to all Paralympic Sport Clubs. All participating clubs must start at the bronze level before moving to the silver and gold levels.

For more information, contact Trisha Yurochko, Head Coach at, or Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2039.


About U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the USOC, 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 Web site at

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