POSTED: Monday July 31st 2017
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US Congress introduces bipartisan resolution celebrating July 29 as Paralympic Day in the United States

LA 2024, USOC spearhead effort to honor American Paralympic Movement

LOS ANGELES - The United States House of Representatives and US Senate have officially designated July 29, 2017, as “Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day,” an effort spearheaded by the LA 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid and the United States Olympic Committee.
July 29 marks the 70th anniversary of the Stoke Mandeville Games, where World War II veterans participated in the first wheelchair competition and ignited the Paralympic Movement. The Opening Ceremonies of the Stoke Mandeville Games and the London 1948 Olympic Games took place simultaneously.
The resolution was introduced in the House by Representatives by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), and co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) and Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL). US Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the resolution in the Senate, which recognizes the importance of the Paralympic Movement and the value that adapted sport brings to society.
LA 2024’s inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Games plan emphasizes equality of experience for all participants. As an athlete-led bid, LA 2024 included an unprecedented amount of feedback from Olympians and Paralympians to create the best experience for all athletes. LA 2024’s venues and the state-of-the-art ready-made Olympic and Paralympic Village at UCLA are proven for their accessibility, and LA’s public transit system is one of the few in the world that is 100% accessible.
LA 2024’s Games plan would also offer the Paralympic Movement maximum exposure by hosting the Paralympic Games immediately after the Olympic Games in August, which would put adapted sports in primetime and introduce a whole new generation to the Paralympic Movement. LA’s unparalleled sport presentation and major event hosting experience would help the Paralympic Movement tap into the U.S.‘s $250 billion sports marketplace. The Paralympic Games would also be managed by the same team as the Olympic Games, ensuring all needs are met.
Nine-time Paralympic champion and LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Paralympic and Disability Engagement Candace Cable said: “We are thrilled with the Senate’s enthusiastic support of America’s Paralympic Movement by designating this important day and demonstrating the U.S.‘s embrace of adapted sport.
“Our vision for the 2024 Paralympic Games is one of equality of experience and we plan to deliver the most cohesive Games in history. In 1984, LA gave me the honor of competing in the Olympic Games because the IOC and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee recognized the value of Paralympic sport. That’s why I am so excited that LA 2024 could have the opportunity to carry this torch and connect a whole new generation to the power of the adapted and Paralympic sport.”

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. RES. 436
Expressing support for the designation of July 29, 2017, as “Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day”.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 11, 2017

Mr. Langevin (for himself, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Reichert, and Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for the designation of July 29, 2017, as “Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day”.

Whereas more than 53 million Americans disclosed living with a disability in 2015;

Whereas more than 3.8 million American veterans reported living with some service-related disability in 2015;

Whereas adaptive sports for individuals with disabilities have existed for over 100 years;

Whereas adaptive sports were more widely introduced after World War II with the purpose of assisting the large number of war veterans and civilians who had been injured during wartime;

Whereas July 29 marks the date of the first Stoke Mandeville Games for the Disabled in Stoke Mandeville, England, which provided the first wheelchair competition for service men and women injured in World War II;

Whereas the Stoke Mandeville Games ultimately evolved into the Paralympic Games, which now include athletes with physical, visual, and intellectual disabilities;

Whereas the International Paralympic Movement celebrates the values of courage, determination, inspiration, and equality and works to enable paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire people around the world;

Whereas the United States Paralympians continue to achieve competitive distinction and preserve the ideals and values of the Paralympic Games;

Whereas 18 veterans were members of Team USA at the Sochi Paralympic Games, and 35 veterans were members of Team USA at the Rio Paralympic Games;

Whereas participation in the Paralympic Games and other adapted sport competitions and athletic reconditioning activities, such as the Paralympic Military Program, plays a fundamental role for American service members and veterans who are reintegrating into civilian life and developing adaptive strategies during rehabilitation;

Whereas a celebration of Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day will improve the communities of the United States and uplift and inspire the Paralympic champions of the future;

Whereas Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day will encourage the youth of the United States to participate in and support inclusion of all people in sport; and

Whereas Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day will create awareness and understanding toward people with a disability: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of “Paralympic and Adaptive Sport Day”;

(2) supports the inclusive goals of the Paralympic Movement and recognizes the value of sport for athletes with a disability;

(3) acknowledges the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice of the United States active-duty service members and veterans who have sustained a traumatic injury and acquired a disability in the service of our country; and

(4) promotes—

(A) a more inclusive society for all people with a disability through paralympic and adaptive sport throughout the United States; and

(B) the paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration, and equality.

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