U.S. Olympians Association Approves Inclusion of Paralympians

Sep 24, 2010

"There are two events, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but we are
all one Team USA," said Willie Banks, President, U.S. Olympians and
Paralympians Association. "We are all athletes and we are proud the
organization will include both Olympians and Paralympians."

The integration will enable U.S. Olympians and U.S. Paralympians to
work side by side on organizational initiatives that impact the larger
movement and educate young athletes.

The change also calls for the inclusion of a Paralympic vice president- in addition to the current six vice presidents. Although a date hasnot yet been set, the new vice president will be selected by a vote of all U.S. Paralympians.

"We talked about the added value of including Paralympians and how
much greater the sum would be for all of us to be working together,"
said Caryn Davies, Vice President, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians

The mission of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association is to create and implement programs that will integrate Olympians and
Paralympians into every facet of the Olympic Movement. In support of
the goals of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), U.S. Olympians and
U.S. Paralympians strive to foster the spirit of Olympism in each
community, to motivate and encourage youth and to develop camaraderie
among those who have shared the unique experience of representing
their nation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Visit the United States Olympic Committee "press box" site for more information.