In the News – Week of September 12

2011 International Paralympic Day  

London – the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games – organized International Paralympic Day, which provided a 12-hour spectacle of Paralympic Sport in London’s Trafalgar Square. Several Paralympic sports – Wheelchair Basketball, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, Rowing, Table Tennis – were introduced. The British public welcomed top British Paralympic athletes – Sam Scowen (Rower) and Ellie Simmonds and Sascha Kindred (Swimmers). Notably, Oscar Pistorius –  the double amputee 400m runner and Paralympic gold medalist – and Jerome Singleton, Pistorius’s rival, conducted a demo session on the North Terrace Track. The 10 sports that were introduced at the event will be part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The event served to promote and raised public awareness of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson as well as some high ranking politicians attended the International Paralympic Day event. For more information please visit http://www.london2012.com/events/international-paralympic-day-2011.php

2011 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

President Barack Obama has pronounced September 2011 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM). This is a terrific time for organizations to raise awareness, recruit parents/caregivers and youth for program activities, and to let your community know about all of the great work that you’re doing! COAM offers the public the unique opportunity to raise awareness of the unprecedented epidemic of childhood obesity. The Let’s Move campaign initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama is one of the national programs dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. Read more about the Presidential Proclamation here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/31/presidential-proclamation-national-childhood-obesity-awareness-month

2011 Wheelchair Tennis US Open

Esther Vergeer – the world’s top wheelchair tennis player – headed into this week’s Wheelchair Tennis US Open being held at Flushing Meadows – the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – in New York City. The 21-year old Dutch player won the 2011 French Open Super Series becoming the world’s No. 4. The top eight men and women players are participating in singles, doubles, and quads play at the National Tennis Center, from September 8-11. The Dutch wheelchair tennis hero has dominated the women’s single over the past years as she hasn’t lost a singles match since 2003. Van Koot, Vergeer’s rival, strives hard to keep herself very competitive and to challenge Vergeer’s unprecedented domination. Koot hopes to play hard at the 2011 US Open to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. For more information please visit http://www.itftennis.com

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