ABOUT JUNIOR NATIONALS

OVERVIEW

Junior Nationals is a week long national sport championship event for young athletes with a physical disability and/or visual impairment through the age of 22. A number of events are also open to athletes with an intellectual disability as determined by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS).

The sports contested at the event include may include archery, paratriathlon, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and track and field. Exhibition sports are often included as well as educational and social opportunities provided for the athletes, parents, coaches, and officials during the week of Junior Nationals.

BENEFITS

Junior Nationals is an avenue for young athletes to showcase their abilities through sport and to promote physical activity and socialization. Additionally, the Championships serve as an opportunity for individuals to advance along the athlete pipeline that may one day lead them to compete at the international level and the Paralympic Games.

HISTORY

The Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals is the oldest and largest continuously held competitive sports event for athletes with physical disabilities ages 6 to 22 in North America. Started in 1984, Junior Nationals has been held in varying locations throughout the United States, including the college campuses of Colorado State, San Jose State, Ohio State University, Princeton, Rutgers University, and Iowa State.

The event has served as the developmental training ground for some of the greatest Paralympic athletes in the United States including Dr. Cheri Blawet (track), Sarah Castle (swimming and wheelchair basketball), Jessica (Galli) Cloy (track), Joshua George (track), Jennifer Hazen (swimming), Tatyana McFadden (track), Ray Martin (track), Shirley Reilly (track), Lauren Reynolds (swimming).

YOUR CITY COULD HOST THE NEXT JUNIOR NATIONALS

Adaptive Sports USA is focused on acquiring a strong host city and sport partner to deliver an outstanding event for athletes, coaches, family members, supporters, and the general public. We are looking to develop a partnership with an organization with expertise in sport event production who is well rooted in the community, has the ability and commitment to solicit local financial support crucial to the event’s success, has the ability to develop and manage a local organizing committee, has sophisticated venues and hotel properties, is attractive as a vacation destination, and is an affordable city for families attending the week long national championship event. We are seeking to expand on the success and history of Junior Nationals, and bring fresh ideas and concepts to the competition, particularly regarding athlete identification and recruitment while highlighting a local community.

Please contact Jessie Cloy at Jessie.cloy@adaptivesportsusa.org and copy Susan Rossi at director@adaptivesportsusa.org to express interest and start a conversation.

The current bid process is under development.
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