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2015 WASUSA "Welcome Back Alumni" Celebration

The planning for the 2015 WASUSA "Welcome Back Alumni" Celebration is in full swing. Due to a generous donation, all alumni who pre-register for the event will receive complimentary entrance at the door. The cost for the event at the door will be $30. The event will include appetizers; cash bar; slide show and presentations; and shared stories. Come join your friends, former competitors and new acquaintances in reliving the "good old days"! To pre-register for the event, go to the following link:

https://chairman.wufoo.com/forms/2015-wasusa-welcome-back-alumni-celebration/#public

The password is welcomeback2015. All one word.


In addition, WASUSA will be hosting roundtable discussions and open forums on Saturday, June 13th at the Embassy Suites to explore ways to include master athletes, alumni and interested friends. Please share this information with all of your friends, old competitors and supporters.

To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Chicago-North Shore, call (847) 945-4500 and be sure to reference the GLASA Regional Games/Adult National Open.

2015 National Junior Disability ChampionshipsTM - July 18-24, 2015

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Children’s Specialized Hospital and the NJDC2015NJ organizing committee is pleased to announce the following about

the 2015 National Junior DisabilityChampionshipsTM.


Location: Most competitions will be in various parks of the Union County NJ Parks System

  • Archery – Oak Ridge Park, Clark, NJ
  • Swimming

Ulrich Pool – Rahway River Park, Rahway, NJ (LC, 50 meter, 8 lane outdoor pool)

Cranford Community Pool, Township of Cranford, NJ (SC 25 yard, 6 laneindoor pool)

  • Track and Field – Warinanco Park, Roselle, NJ (ball fields & track)
  • Powerlifting – Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ (Crystal Ballroom)

Host Hotel: Renaissance Hotel Woodbridge, 515 US Highway 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830.

GPS address: 401 Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ 08830. The hotel is approximately 11 miles or about 15-20 minutes from each of the venues, and is large enough to provide the opportunity for allcompetitors to be housed in one location. The games rate will be $129 per night (plus taxes) for aroom with either two queen beds or a king bed with a pull out sofa that is a queen size bed. Moreinformation on the hotel, specifically available dates, reservation and breakfast is available on thegames website: www.NJDC2015NJ.com in the detailed hotel information.


Games Schedule:  The most recent games schedule is now posted on the Games website:  www.NJDC2015NJ.com. Please read all comments on the schedule so you are aware of all the planned competition contingencies which could impact your travel plans.

15th Annual Kessler Foundation - WTFUSA National Wheelchair 10K Championship 

Register now for the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation WTFUSA National Wheelchair 10K Championship, part of the Fred D’Elia Ridgewood Run, on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at Graydon Pool–201 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ.

This event is one of the largest integrated races in the country, as wheelchair athletes compete on the same course, at the same time, as the runners. Racers compete for cash prizes! An extra $3,000 has been added to the cash awards, which brings the cash prize total to over $15,000 this year!


The Wheelchair 10K begins at 8:15am, with registration opening at 7am. Registration is $25 per racer. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kessler Foundation will host a brief awards ceremony with refreshments immediately following the Wheelchair 10K.


Online registration closes on Thursday, May 21. If you wish to register after that date, please e-mail Race Director Angela Smith at ASmith@KesslerFoundation.org. Click for more information and registration for the Wheelchair 10K. For Hotel and Room accommodations, please visit our host hotel's website, the Residence Inn Marriott, located at 7 Boroline Road in Saddle River, NJ 07458, or call 201.934.4144


Announcing a new racing partnership!!

During the weekend of May 22 -24, the 45th Tri-State Wheelchair & Ambulatory Games will be held at Overpeck Park in Palisades Park, New Jersey. IPC endorsed track & field events and a 5K road race will be contested.  For more information or to register, please contact Jimmy Cuevas at jcuevas1969@comcast.net or Phil Galli at philg1234@comcast.net.

WASUSA Hires New Executive Director

Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA is pleased to announce the hiring of Susan B. Rossi of Littleton, CO as the new interim Executive Director of WASUSA. Many of you know Susan from her work at US Paralympics, where she served as the Paralympic Sport Outreach and Development Manager but Susan's background in the area of sports for the disabled goes back many years. Susan was an Adaptive Sports and Recreation Manager with the City of Mesa (AZ) Parks & Recreation Department, working closely with Arizona Disabled Sports and other DSO's. Her work history also includes stints at the Breckenridge (CO) Outdoor Recreation Center, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Northwest Special Recreation Program of Rolling Meadows, IL.


Susan holds a BS from the University of Kansas in Exercise and Sport Science and a MS in Non-Profit Studies & Leadership Management from Arizona State University. In addition, Susan holds a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification.


Susan will begin her duties with WASUSA on January 20th. We are looking forward to utilizing Susan's expertise, experience and knowledge to further the mission of Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA in providing quality competitive sports and recreational opportunities to individuals with physical disabilities, as Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA has done since 1956.

2015 Chapter Membership

The fee for chapter membership in 2015 remains at $225.00. In addition to having a voice on the RPO council, chapter membership allows you the following benefits: 

• Access to our general liability insurance for two one-time events (i.e. meet/event insurance)

• Access to our background check procedures, administered through NCYS (National Council of Youth Sports).

• Complimentary sanctioning fees for regional meets.

• Complimentary participation in a Team Athlete Development Fund Account.

• Complimentary banner (one every three years) to be displayed at events

• Preferred eligibility for grants/funding for regional meets and resources


If you have questions regarding Chapter Membership, contact Ralph Armento at director@wasusa.org or at (732) 266-2634 weekdays from 10 AM - 4 PM 

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