COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Lakeshore Foundation is the recipient of the Rings of Gold Award, one of four annual awards presented by the United States Olympic Committee, which will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2013 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly that will take place Oct. 10-11 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Southeastern Conference proudly supports the Lakeshore Foundation and its Lima Foxtrot Program for injured service members.
On the program side, Lakeshore Foundation is one of the foremost leaders in promoting adaptive sports and recreation to children with physical disabilities. A U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site since 2003, Lakeshore promotes the Paralympic ideals of courage, determination and equality by educating and inspiring the next generation of athletes. Since 1984, the Alabama-based organization has helped advance the positive, long-term impact of fitness, assisting participants of all ages discover their potential. Through grassroots programs such as JAWS (Junior Ambulatory and Wheelchair Sports) and SEC (Sports Education Camp), Lakeshore effectively addresses common barriers to physical activity and establishes healthy behaviors that impact lives off the field of play.
“Our nomination was based on the totality of our work and spotlighted two camps – Junior Ambulatory and Wheelchair Sports Camp (Camp JAWS) and Sports Education Camp (SEC) for the integral role they play for children and youth we serve," Lakeshore President Jeff Underwood said. "I will be honored to accept this award on behalf of Lakeshore Foundation at the Assembly Awards Gala in front of hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic leaders from across the nation. The prestigious Rings of Gold distinction is yet another example of the commitment of our staff and the impact of our programs.”
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