UCP Chats with U.S. National Paralympic Soccer Team

UCP recently spoke with Stuart Sharp, Head Coach of the U.S. National Paralympic Soccer Team, and two of the team’s players, Chris Ahrens and Rene Renteria to learn more about the sport. Chatting with us fresh after a team’s practice in San Diego, California, Sharp discusses the rules of the sport, its classification system, ways people can become involved and more. Ahrens, who has cerebral palsy and Renteria, who has a traumatic brain injury, share their stories of how they became involved with Paralympic soccer, as well as discuss their training routines. Check out the full video below! If you would like to learn more, you can follow the team on Facebook and Twitter or visit http://www.ussoccer.com/paralympic-soccer.


Physical Activity and Sport for People with Disabilities: Symposium and Strategic Planning

The Athletic Equity Symposium held in June 2011 brought together diverse academic, administrative, organization, and education experts as well as advocates and athletes with disabilities to discuss policy issues and changes that can be made at the national, state and local levels to ensure full participation of children, youth and young adults in sports and physical activity. A strategic plan was created to accomplishing the goal of full participation in sports and physical activity. Click here to read these proceedings and the strategic plan from the meeting. The last page of the proceedings document contains links to other resource documents used to inform the discussion.