CHICAGO, IL- July 15, 2013 - WorldChicago, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, announced today the hosting of an exchange program between Brazil and Chicago focused on disability and inclusion in sports.
From July 17-27, 2013, this Path to Paralympics Chicago/Brazil Sports and Disabilities Exchange will bring 11 youths (under 21-year-old) and eight adults to learn about youth sport opportunities for persons with disabilities. A unique twist on exchange grants, disability leaders will participate in activities on athletics, education, and workshops that promote leadership, advocacy, and volunteerism for persons with disabilities in Brazil and the United States. Youth athletes from three cities will be represented: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Vitória.
While in Chicago the delegation will learn about advocacy for the disability rights movement and participate in sports opportunities in Chicago, including sailing, sled hockey, wheelchair basketball, dance and much more. The locations and schedule can be found: Here
Participating organizations include:
- Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
- Partners of the Americas
- Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
- The Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities
- Access Living
- Chicago Park District
- Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing and more.