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This was emailed to me from friend of the Reeve Foundation, Tom Hernon at Back2Sports.net. (Tom is a great guy and pushes the boundaries of possibilities. Read more about him here). Targeted at young wheelchair athletes, Muskegon State Park is forming the world's first adaptive luge team which is a result of a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant two years ago.
Here is Tom's email...
Attn: Young wheelchair athletes
We are forming the worlds first Adaptive Luge Team at the Muskegon State Park. This is not only the start of adaptive luge becoming a Para-Olympic Sport but a opportunity for a wheelchair athlete to make it to the Olympics, Yes I said Olympics. Luge is a very small sport that draws most of its athletes from the Muskegon Luge program. In adaptive luge we follow the same rules, it is legal to use rains and have our feet in the middle. Your strong upper body is going to give you a big advantage on your starts and your age lets you get funding from the Jr Olympic Program. You go to Nationals and win then you get to go to the Big show...
There are a lot of wheelchair sports to pick from and only so much money and time . Ask your self what sport gives you the best chance to be a Olympic athlete? There are a lot of sled hockey athletes trying out for a few spots on the National team, If you joined the Luge team you would have a much better chance at getting to the Para-Olympics and a chance to get to the real Olympics. You give it your all as a athlete and I will give it my all as head coach to get you there.
Press Release 6/27/2011
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is now home to the worlds first adaptive luge team. The team is sponsored by Back 2 Sports, Spartan Medical, American Roll Models, Reeve Foundation and The Disability Connection of Muskegon. Team try outs are open to both paraplegics and quadriplegics and will be filled equally.
We are looking for paraplegics and quadriplegics that want to have a career as a Olympic athlete or just want to race for fun in our adult race league. The team will be training and racing at the Muskegon Luge Track in the adult race league (Tuesday nights) and several open races during the season. There are also races in Park City, Lake Placed, Calgary and Vancouver that athletes can get quantified to go to...
Once Adaptive luge becomes a Para Olympic sport our program will be the first step athletes take to make the US Para-Olympic Luge Team...
We have several sponsors for the team that are paying for the track time, equipment and transportation so it is free for anyone that has a Olympic dream and is willing to put the effort in to make it happen (or just wants to have fun). Join us January 3rd 2012 at 3pm for our free adaptive Luge clinic and team try outs. After the clinic (6pm) our new team will be racing in our first race in the adult race league.
For more info contact Tom Hernon (616)451-4716 firstname.lastname@example.org www.back2sports.net
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