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Truckee resident selected to attend 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver

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U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has announced that April Wolfe, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the City of Reno and Truckee resident, is one of only six program leaders from the United States chosen to attend the 2010 Paralympic Experience Vancouver, March 11-17, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada.

Wolfe was chosen for her dedication to adaptive sports and will attend the Paralympic Winter Games at no cost to the City, except for allowing her the time to go. In return she will bring new resources and ideas back to help make the City of Reno more effective in serving people with disabilities through recreation.

The 2010 Paralympic Experience sponsors a very select group of 13 young student athletes with physical disabilities and a group of six coaches, program leaders and teachers to experience the Paralympic Winter Games firsthand. Participants have the opportunity to meet U.S. Paralympic Team members in addition to attending Opening Ceremonies and competition, gaining an insiderand#8217;s perspective on the Games.

and#8220;Less than five-percent of kids with physical disabilities participate in physical fitness programs,and#8221; said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, USOC. and#8220;Paralympic Experience Vancouver provides us an opportunity to recognize those kids with physical disabilities and community organizations that promote physical fitness programs and health.and#8221;

Coaches, program leaders and teachers were chosen from applications submitted which include a one-page essay describing their work with students with physical disabilities. At the City of Reno, Wolfe leads the Adaptive Recreation programs and Inclusion Services for the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. In doing so, she has assisted the City in becoming a Paralympic and BlazeSports club, expanded services for persons with disabilities, and created an Adaptive Equipment Rental Program that rents specialty equipment such as handcycles and sledges to the community.

For more information about U.S. Paralympics and its programs, please contact the U.S. Paralympics office at (719) 866-2030 or visit http://www.usparalympics.org.

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and#8212; Submitted by the City of Reno offices