Adaptive Athlete Logan Aldridge Lifting Weights

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As an adaptive sports organization, Move United knows all about adapting, so the organization was quickly able to pivot its programs and activities online when the Coronavirus pandemic hit the nation back in March 2020. In the last six months, the national nonprofit organization has offered over 1,000 virtual programs to individuals with physical disabilities to encourage health and fitness.

Paralympian Daniel Romanchuk shows some wheelchair racing equipmentMove United, the national leader in community adaptive sports, focuses on providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Through its activities and its network of nearly 200 member organizations across the country, these past several months would normally be filled with clinics, practices, competitions, regional games, and other adaptive sports programming. But COVID-19 altered many of those activities.

According the American Psychological Association, emerging research on COVID-19 shows that the coronavirus pandemic has increased psychological distress particularly among people with disabilities. The pandemic not only impacted access to local sports, fitness, and wellness programs in communities across the country, but the physical distancing guidelines also led to higher levels of social isolation. “This isn’t the time for people to be sidelined,” said Move United Executive Director Glenn Merry. “Particularly during trying times like these, we know how important it is to maintain physical and mental health. These reasons immediately drove our attention to host sports, fitness, and wellness activities across digital platforms with our #AdaptAtHome program.”

Instructor showing some of the Fitness Kit equipmentThe 1,000+ live and on-demand sessions hosted by Move United, its member network, and partners had over 250,000 engagements since April 1. Participants hailed from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. By offering programming virtually, the organization was able to reach beyond its existing network. “We know not everyone has access to an adaptive sports program in their community,” Merry said. “By offering virtual programs, we are changing what people experience as barriers to

As another way to support individuals who may not have access to fitness equipment, Move United created an #AdaptAtHome Fitness Kit, which includes a ball, exercise band, cordless jump rope, and other resources so individuals can exercise wherever they are. By December, over 1,500+ fitness kits will be distributed free of charge. Live programs and recorded fitness sessions also showcase how each item can be utilized.

Participants in the virtual programs included adaptive athletes, disabled veterans, youth and adults with disabilities, adaptive sports coaches, program volunteers and staff, health providers, and others. 90% of participants agreed that the programming helps increase the overall level of physical fitness and 97% agree participating in virtual adaptive sports improves their mood and mental health. “We know the power of sports. Sports make us stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally,” said Merry.

Athlete featuring a ball, one of the fitness kit pieces60 different organizations have been part of the #AdaptAtHome initiative, providing online programming in 45 different sports. The top offerings have included strength and conditioning, yoga, cycling, dance, and fitness. The virtual programs are offered free of charge to all participants. Move United has curated a resource library through the #AdaptAtHome page on its website. To learn more, visit http://www.moveunitedsport.org/adaptathome.

Wheelchair Football Equipment, including Helmet and Ball

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The USA Wheelchair Football League is launching in four cities across the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., Phoenix, and Los Angeles.  The first of its kind football league for adults with physical disabilities, the USA Wheelchair Football League is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a ‘Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community’ grant. As a part of this partnership, Xenith has donated Xenith X2E+ football helmets to each of the four founding teams of the league.

Wheelchair Football Player throwing a ballWheelchair football is the newest team sport offered by Move United’s membership network, providing athletes with another avenue to fulfill their sports dreams.  The League will kick off play in the Spring of 2021 with a calendar of clinics to introduce athletes across the country to the sport and a 10-week competitive season starting in the Fall.

Fans of the game will notice a few rule changes when the wheelchair football teams take the field, including a shorter field size (60 yards), a running game clock, and removal of special teams. These adaptations help athletes in the USA Wheelchair Football League provide all of the hard-hitting, fast-paced action football fans enjoy.

“We needed a helmet as rugged and resilient as our athletes, and we found that with Xenith,” said Glenn Merry, Move United Executive Director. “We are excited for Xenith to join our team, driving adaptive athletes to reach their full potential and redefine ability on the football field.”

“It is an honor to partner with the USA Wheelchair Football League and to help provide this group of exceptional athletes with helmets,” said Ryan Sullivan, Xenith CEO. “At Xenith, our mission is to elevate the athlete’s pursuit both on and off the field.  Outfitting the USA Wheelchair Football League in our top-performing helmets could not be a better opportunity for us to do just thatand we look forward to working together for years to come.”

About Xenith
Xenith creates top-rated football helmets, gear and apparel designed to elevate athletes to live their game. Their athlete-first design approach is backed by rigorous science, engineering, and innovation which transcends laboratory testing to address on-field needs. Xenith outfits the athlete from head to ankle in a suite of performance products for playing, training, and living.

All Xenith helmets are Five-Star on the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, and in the “Top-Performing Group” of the NFL Lab Helmet Performance Testing. Xenith is committed to democratizing protection by making top-rated helmets, shoulder pads, and gear available at an equitable price point for anyone who wants to play football – from youth, to varsity, to the pros.

Xenith sees football as a force for good in the community, and executes this vision with passion, purpose, and pride. For more information, please visit xenith.com.

About the USA Wheelchair Football League

The USA Wheelchair Football League provides a competitive, fast-paced, team sport for adults with disabilities to reach their highest potential. The first of its kind football league for adaptive athletes, the League brings together all the passion and excitement athletes have for the game of football with experienced coaches who bring out the best in their athletes. Starting in four cities in 2020, the League will expand across the United States providing more opportunities for athletes and coaches to grow their skills and their love for football. The USA Wheelchair Football League is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a ‘Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community’ grant. Get off the sidelines and get into the game at usawfl.org.

Cover of 2020 Adaptive Sports Calendar, featuring Adaptive Cyclist Going Down a Hill

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Move United is accepting photo submissions for its award-winning Adaptive Sports Calendar. 2021 will be the third year the organization is producing an adaptive sports calendar. Photo submissions will be accepted until October 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the eligibility and other details outlined below.

Back of 2020 Adaptive Sports Calendar, featuring multiple images of adaptive athletes

Eligibility:

The photo contest is open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. To be eligible, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2018. The contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, with the exception of cropped photos or minor adjustments, including the removal of sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment and conversion to grayscale are acceptable. The addition and subtraction of objects is not permitted.

Move United reserves the right to disqualify any image for consideration if judges feel the submission does not meet the eligibility criteria. Move United will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

What To Enter:

The Adaptive Sports Calendar showcases individuals with physical disabilities who are participating in adaptive sports. Individual photographers, organizations, or parties interested in being considered for inclusion can submit up to three (3) images that exemplify the power of adaptive sports. High quality, horizontal images work best for the layout, size and design of the printed calendar, as well as images that aren’t too cluttered or busy with background activity. Submissions that are overtly intended to promote a product (s) may not be considered.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must have the ability to provide a signed media/photo release that grants permission of the individual for his or her image to be used publicly and, in the case of a minor or individual that is legally incapacitated, the permission of the subject’s parent or guardian. You must be able to provide a photo caption that includes individual’s names as well as other pertinent information that might be of interest to the viewer, including identifying the activity and location of activity.

If the entrant is unable to provide the required release (s), Move United in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify the submission. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

 

Cover of 2020 Adaptive Sports Calendar, featuring Adaptive Cyclist Going Down a Hill

How to Enter:

Please submit photographs and requested information (see below) to communications@moveunitedsport.org. High resolution photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, or .jpg format. Please only include one image per email sent, and including the following information in the body of that email:

-Photographer’s Name

-Photographer’s Mailing Address

-Photographer’s Phone Number

-Photographer’s Social Media Handles (if applicable)

-A Suggested Photo Caption, including names of athletes featured in the image, a description of the activity, location of activity, and other pertinent information. Move United reserves the right to modify the caption as necessary.

In addition to the image, please also include a signed media/photo release of the individual (s) who can be identified in the photograph. If you cannot do this, please provide a statement in the body of the email as to the reason. Move United reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries.

Entry Deadline:

All entries must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on October 16, 2020.

Judging and Use

Photographs selected for inclusion in the 2021 Adaptive Sports Calendar will be done so based on quality, overall representation of the impact of adaptive sports, and other factors, including diversity of sport, athlete, geography, etc.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant Move United (and those authorized by Move United) the right to use your image for the 2021 Adaptive Sports Calendar and any promotion of the calendar. Any photograph used will include a photography credit. Move United will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses and may also consider the image for future printed annual calendars.

Photographers whose images are selected for the calendar will be provided with up to three copies of the final product, upon his or her request. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

If you are interested in checking out last year’s calendar, click here.

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Move United has made two important organizational changes to help meet its Vision 2028 plan to expand support to youth and adults with physical disabilities, specifically those with diverse backgrounds.

As a strategic step toward expanding programming for diverse adaptive athletes, Move United has formed a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Team empowered to provide strategic insight, direction, and recommendations to the Executive Director as to how the organization should commit financial, operational and human resources to meet this expansion opportunity.

This team includes leaders in the adaptive sports movement with diverse perspectives and experiences. This team will regularly meet to assess how Move United can better serve persons with disabilities, particularly those of diverse backgrounds. Members will help identify the gaps and barriers in the adaptive sports field and act as champions of necessary change.  Committee members include Staff Sergeant Eric Alva (US Marine Corps-Retired), Private First Class Tony Drees (US Army-Retired), Paralympic Gold Medalist and Retired US Army Sergeant Kari Miller-Ortiz, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Adaptive Sports Program Manager Harvey Naranjo, Move United Senior Education Manager Krista Rappoccio, Paralympian and North Carolina Central University Professor Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith, and Adaptive Snowboarding Coach Reggie Showers.

In an additional step toward reaching individuals with disabilities in diverse communities, Move United has created the new position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to oversee and direct this initiative, reporting directly to the Executive Director. Move United is pleased to announce that Cheryl Collins, a longstanding and well respected member of the staff, has moved into this role.

As the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Collins work ensures that Move United programming is inclusive and welcoming to a diversity of people, ideas, perspectives and experiences. She does this through a variety of initiatives, including leading the DEI Leadership Team, launching a mentorship program that will promote diversity in adaptive sports leadership, and challenging Move United staff on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collins brings two decades of experience with adaptive sports administration to this role, previously serving as Move United’s Membership Director.

“The work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is important to ensuring that no one gets left on the sidelines. Through my new role, I will work with the DEI Leadership Team to uplift and amplify a more diverse group within our community to ensure that even more people can experience the power of sport,” Collins said.

“Move United’s Vision 2028 reimagines what can happen when the inclusion of all people with disabilities occurs in sport,” said Move United Executive Director Glenn Merry. “Move United is here to incite necessary conversations and change for a diverse and inclusive environment to fully represent the community we should serve.”

For more information on the Move United DEI Leadership Team, visit https://www.moveunitedsport.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize Move United as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion platform. HHS released the NYSS in September 2019 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13824, which called for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation. The NYSS is the first Federal roadmap with actionable strategies to increase participation in youth sports, increase awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation, monitor and evaluate youth sports participation, and recruit and engage volunteers in youth sports programming.

NYSS aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. NYSS Champions represent organizations that are working towards achieving this vision.

As an NYSS Champion, Move United has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. Move United will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America.

“We know children who obtain regular physical activity gain important physical and mental health benefits, which are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are furthering the mission of the NYSS and helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”

About Move United

Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United’s 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community. Move United, an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in more than 50 adaptive sports. Established in 1956, Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education and competition that push people further, bring people closer and leave no one on the sidelines. Join our MOVEment!

The NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by Move United does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.

About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN) is a Federal Advisory Committee run by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. PCSFN and ODPHP accomplish this by setting national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans. PCSFN and ODPHP are part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP visit health.gov.

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Move United is building a community where everyone’s included. Where people can compete, or play, or move. To shift the narrative and redefine what disability looks like, we must join forces.

From March 1 to September 1, 2020, forty (40) organizations have joined the Move United member network. Offering more than 50 adaptive sports to 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities across the country, the Move United member network now consists of over 170 programs in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The newest organizations include:

-Ability First Sports

-ACCESS of Wilmington

-BAVA Beach ParaVolleyball

-Children’s Lightning Wheels

-Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center

-City of Logan Adaptive Sports and Recreation

-City of Reno

-Clemson Adaptive Sports

-Coastal Adaptive Sports

-Dairyland Sports

-Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association

-DuMyon Martial Arts

-EDD Adaptive Sports

-Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports

-Live Water Foundation

-Lone Star Paralysis Foundation

-Louisiana GUMBO Inc.

-Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

-MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program

-Morgan’s Wonderland

-Northern Arizona Adaptive Sports Association

-North Side Archer Club

-Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association

-On The Edge Children’s Foundation

-One Chair At A Time

-ParaSport Spokane

-Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports

-Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program

-RISE Adaptive Sports

-Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing

-S.M.C.L. Foundation & Associates Inc. Adaptive & Disability Sports Organization

-Salt Lake County Adaptive Recreation

-Seattle Adaptive Sports

-Spaulding Adaptive Sports

-The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges Tulsa

-Triumph Foundation

-Turning Point

-Warrior Sailing

-Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association

-Youth Challenge

A number of these programs are part of the Move United Network as a result of the merger between Disabled Sports USA and Adaptive Sports USA to become Move United. Leveraging more than 110 years of combined adaptive sports experience between those two organizations, Move United will lead the movement to fully include people with disabilities in American society, using sport to challenge perceptions and redefine ability for youth and adults with disabilities.

This merger delivers a robust platform for growth, fostering expansion to more communities, with a goal to be locally available to 90% of the U.S. population by 2028, when the Olympics and Paralympics return to the U.S. Move United is the nation’s leading community-based adaptive sports organization and is an affiliate of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. You too can Join the Movement! To find a program near you, visit https://www.moveunitedsport.org/chapters/location-map/.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave programs hesitant about returning to full-capacity operations, Move United supports its community by bringing virtual physical fitness opportunities through #AdaptAtHome as well as training opportunities to adaptive sports providers through its Training Calendar and Recorded Webinars.

Adaptive mountain biking is a sport that has increasingly grown in popularity over the course of the last several years, especially for veterans with disabilities. As previously scheduled in-person trainings are postponed or cancelled, Move United is excited to bring to you an adaptive mountain biking webinar series that will be informative, engaging, and enriching for audiences of both athletes and sport providers.

This series, held each Thursday in August, is free of charge to all attendees and will have content appropriate for all audiences – from novice level athletes to upper level program management staff. This 4-part series will offer a variety of informational panels comprised of industry professionals across the country serving in a variety of roles. Topics will include everything from and introduction to the landscape of adaptive mountain biking to equipment, accessible trail development, and risk management.

Thursday, August 6 1pm – 2pm EDT:

Improving Access for All: A Journey Through the World of Adaptive Mountain Biking 

Thursday, August 13 1pm – 2pm EDT:

Adaptive Mountain Biking Equipment 101

Thursday, August 20 1pm – 2pm EDT:

Trail Development – Considerations for Adaptive Mountain Biking

Thursday, August 27 1pm – 2pm EDT:

Risk Management in Adaptive Mountain Biking

This shift to a virtual platform has brought a valuable opportunity for collaboration. In addition to the having industry professionals from across the country contributing their expertise, Move United is partnering with American Trails to host the third of these webinars, where attendees will learn about how communities in the Move United membership network have developed and maintained inclusive trails that can be used by mountain bikers of all abilities. Additional organizations joining us for this series include, but are not limited to, ReActive Adaptations, Adaptive Sports Foundation, Outdoors for All Foundation, Teton Adaptive Sports, Adaptive Sports Center, and Bike Instructor Certification Program.

Register above to participate in the Move United Adaptive Mountain Biking webinar series in August. You can participate in just one session or all four if you like.

 

This program was funded in part by a grant of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusion stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into summer and states work to re-open with caution, we know return to play is top-of-mind for many in our community who are weighing their options with careful consideration.  USTA is urging everyone to Get Out and Play! Tennis is one sport that is leading the way because it lets you keep your social distance without being socially distant. With simple modifications, you can make it an inclusive game for standing and seated players to compete against each other, or even be teammates in mixed doubles.

In its simplest terms, the only difference between the traditional game of tennis and wheelchair tennis is a bounce – seated players may have 2 bounces to return the ball, if needed. When learning the basics of tennis, an everyday wheelchair can suffice, but as players become serious about the sport, most opt to invest in a wheelchair made for court sports. USTA offers a fantastic video library on YouTube to improve your game – Progressions, Mobility Patterns, Serving, Groundstrokes, Wheelchair Setup, and Singles Tactics. Find your local Move United member organization or USTA wheelchair program to arrange for in-person instruction. A recent webinar hosted by Move United highlights ways that USTA is working to support established or aspiring coaches interested in getting involved with wheelchair tennis.

USTA has published tips and recommendations for playing tennis safely to minimize exposure to the virus at http://usta.com/playersafety and there are additional precautions wheelchair tennis players may consider.

Tennis Industry United is a culmination of efforts to analyze the needs and concerns of all involved in the sport and collaborate on programs that can provide both immediate and long-term support. Webinars, podcasts, and other resources are freely available to help support players, coaches, and facilities as they return to play.  Move United also maintains a library of COVID-19 resources specific to athletes with disabilities.

If you’re not yet ready to venture out to the tennis court, you can find endless ways to stay active and fine tune your skills through Move United’s #adaptathome initiative and USTA’s “Tennis At Home” resources for children and adults.

The first-ever Net Generation Virtual Summer Camp will be hosted July 20-24, featuring a variety of games and activities and a few surprises!  “Campers” will receive a free camp pack while supplies last.

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Mind Body Solutions, a leader in integrated health movement, is excited to announce that it will be offering a 5-part webinar series in partnership with Move United every Tuesday in June at 2pm (Eastern). Webinar recordings are available on the Move United YouTube Channel.

The free webinars will cover various topics of interest for people with disabilities, their caregivers, and others who provide services in healthcare, sport, and recreation. The teachings of Mind Body Solutions are based on the insights and firsthand experience of Matthew Sanford, who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 41 years and is a leading voice in adaptive yoga. By learning to experience a pose beyond muscular effort required for the physical shape, one can gain appreciation for the inner sensations of the pose. Fostering this mind/body awareness can have profound impacts on mental wellbeing and athletic performance.

Tuesday, June 2: Teaching A Virtual Yoga Class
Tuesday, June 9: Caring For The Caregiver – Simple Yogic Practices To Do On The Run
Tuesday, June 16: Simple Yoga Practices to Enhance Safety with Transfers and Improve Balance
Tuesday, June 23: Yoga For Balance & Athletic Performance
Tuesday, June 30: Yoga Panel Discussion

For more information on Sanford, check out his book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence (2006) or visit www.mindbodysolutions.org, which is described as “a great place for people with disabilities interested in mind, body integration.” Explore more live and recorded yoga classes available at www.moveunitedsport.org/adapatathome/.

Move United Education promotes professional development for the adaptive sport industry through education and training. In the past year, Move United committed nearly a half-million dollars to train hundreds of instructors and coaches around the country. Move United and Mind Body Solutions had planned to host the innovative 2-day workshop “Yoga as a Complementary Approach to Whole Health Living” at six VA Medical Centers around the country this year. Shortly after delivering the first workshop in Minnesota, the events are transitioning to online training due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit www.moveunitedsport.org/yogatraining.

This program was funded in part by a grant of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusion stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wheelchair Racer on the street

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Move United’s Annual Leadership Conference was originally slated to be an in-person event in Colorado Springs, CO in partnership with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization adapted to the new environment, moving the event online. A first for the organization, the online platform provides constituents new accessibility to training and education opportunities.  The conference delivers more than 25 sessions over five days, May 11-15, 2020.

Thanks to the generous support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, coupled with additional investment by Move United, registration fees for the conference are being waived. The result has been increased access, broader information sharing, and extended community connections beyond the existing Move United membership network.

“Move United is based on the concept that sport brings people together and drives them to achieve more. That is true even when we are apart,” said Move United Executive Director Glenn Merry. “During this period of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to adapt. Our decision to move to an online format follows the successful launch of #AdaptAtHome, a health and fitness campaign delivering daily online live videos for our athletes to remain active. We are removing barriers to participation in order to bring people together, working collaboratively to support the health and wellbeing of people of all abilities.” To date, the Adapt At Home initiative has delivered more than 330 live and on-demand adaptive health and fitness classes during the past six weeks.

The Leadership Conference is part of Move United’s education program which has provided adaptive sports training to more than 2,000 people from 325 organizations across the country. Historically a hands-on, experiential learning and networking experience, the new stay-at-home environment has driven the adaptation to online content and discussions. Move United has seen a more than five-fold increase in conference registration. Over 1,650 people from across the country have signed up to participate.

Even though the conference won’t be held at the USOPC Training Center this year, several USOPC staff, athletes, and coaches are presenting at the event, including 19x Paralympic medalist and USOPC Hall of Fame Inductee Erin Popovich.

On Monday, May 11, the 2020 Move United Virtual Leadership Conference will open with a keynote presentation entitled “Road Map to the Future,” featuring Merry and Move United’s Director of Competition Susan Rossi, who will discuss the future of adaptive sports.

Throughout the week, a series of sessions follow designated themes planned for each day:

Tuesday, May 12: Pathways to the Paralympics

Wednesday, May 13: Organization Management and Development

Thursday, May 14: Inclusive Outdoor Recreation

Friday, May 15: Membership Network Insights.

The week will close with a keynote presentation from Paralympic hopeful, Cassandra Grenier.

Zoom session computer screenshotMove United Education promotes professional development for the adaptive sport industry through education and training. In the past year, Move United has committed nearly a half-million dollars to train hundreds of instructors and coaches around the country.  Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is the cornerstone of Move United’s education and training events and has shaped each leadership conference since 2009.

For more information on the Move United Virtual Leadership Conference, or to register, visit http://www.moveunitedsport.org/conference.