July 6-13, 2013 - Rochester, Minnesota
The 2013 NJDC registration is now online! You can register online by clicking the link below.
**When you arrive at the online registration site, use "wasusa" for account name and "wasusa" for the password. Once logged onto the server, click "onlinereg" to enter into the 2013 NJDC online registration. Please be aware that even if you choose online registration, there are forms (medical information and liability waivers) that must be signed and submitted via email, fax or "snail mail."
You can also click here to download the registration forms to be emailed, faxed or mailed into our national office.
For more information, please go to the 2013 NJDC website: http://www.njdc2013.com
Paralympian Ryan Chalmers, age 24, is set to finish his Push Across America on Saturday, June 15th. An alumnus of the Tri-State Wheelchair & Ambulatory Athletic Association, Chalmers set out from Los Angeles in his racing wheelchair on April 6th, in a crosscountry journey known as “Push Across America”, to raise awareness for the capabilities of people with disabilities. Chalmers will enter Central Park from the W. 67th Street entrance (on the west side of the park), where an event to celebrate the completion of his Push Across America journey is scheduled for 9:30-11:00 a.m. His estimated time of arrival is around 10:15 a.m.
For the past two months, Chalmers has pushed his racing chair an average of 60 miles a day, inspiring people across the country with his message, “Don’t let disabilities get in the way of doing something great.” And as he makes his way through a total of 14 states, Chalmers continues to develop a following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and PushAcrossAmerica.org. Weekly updates on Chalmers’ journey are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/PushAcrossAmerica.
Chalmers has traveled through Death Valley, the Colorado Rockies, the plains of Kansas, and the Appalachians. He has faced dust storms, snow, and heights of more than 10,000 feet, not to mention downhill speeds of up to 65 mph (not recommended). While pushing through Illinois in late May, Chalmers had the opportunity to visit his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where fellow athletes from
the Wheelchair and Athletics Team joined him for a portion of his journey. That same week, Chalmers had the opportunity to do a lap at the Indy 500 with racing legend Mario Andretti.
Seventy-one days and more than 3000 miles after his Los Angeles departure, Chalmers is scheduled to arrive in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday, June 15th to mark the completion of Push Across America.
The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award was established by the United States Olympic Committee in 1985 to honor the late USOC President Jack Kelly Jr. The award is presented to an athlete, team, coach or official in recognition of an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year.
Fair play can be described as an athlete who is dedicated to playing fair, obeys the rules, and upholds the spirit of the game. Sportsmanship is an athlete whose conduct and attitude demonstrate gracious behavior before, during, and after competition.
Nominees are now being sought for this distinguished honor, which will be officially presented during the 2013 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, October 11, 2013/Assembly Reception & Dinner. Please use the attached form to nominate a deserving individual from your organization for this award. Please feel free to use additional paper and attach any press releases or other articles of interest that you deem important to your nomination. Nomination deadline is: Monday, June 17, 2013.
Congratulations to the NJ Navigators on being designated as the 2013 Amazing Sport Club by US Paralympics. In August, seven of junior athletes from the Navigator team will be participating at the IWAS Games in Puerto Rico! WASUSA would like to formally congratulate the coaches, athletes, parents and support staff that have helped make the Navigators such a success!
WASUSA would like to congratulate the 35 athletes that have been name to our team that will represent the USA at the upcoming IWAS Junior World Games in August!
Mark David Braun
Charles Jackson III
WASUSA Members and Friends!
We need YOUR help with our Wish List! All of our wishes are tax deductible and will put smiles on the faces of our Junior athletes! We want you all to be a part of our Junior Team that will be attending the 2013 IWAS Junior World Games in Puerto Rico in August. Sports to be contested at the Games include archery, paratriathlon, swimming, and track and field.
Your donations will be used to purchase team uniforms, extra equipment, medical supplies, USA team giveaways, USA team gifts, insurance and more! Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 for our team athletes and staff over the next 12 days. Let’s get in the giving spirit and help our Junior athletes on what hopes to be the trip of their lifetime!
To donate, click here.