RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A local nonprofit using sports to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities is celebrating a major honor. Sportable has now received silver status in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program.
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, recognized Sportable for its contributions to athletes and coaching in the growing nationwide paralympic movement. Sportable has been a part of the organization for a couple of years but moved up a level.
“This is a tremendous honor for our organization and a testament to the work that has been done by our athletes, coaches, volunteers, community partners and staff,” says Hunter Leemon, Executive Director of Sportable. “This achievement represents years of hard work, and we are thankful for the recognition from the United States Olympic Committee and for their investment in our organization.”
This has been a big year for Sportable. Wheelchair racer Alexa Halko was the youngest athlete on the entire U.S. Paralympic team at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. The Jamestown High School Junior brought home two silver medals and one bronze medal from her time on the U.S. Track and Field Team.