Scheduled for July 19-24 in Denver—just 6 weeks before the the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo—the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals 2020 will gather hundreds of athletes, as well as their coaches and family members, from across the United States to compete in six sports.
Junior Nationals is an annual multi-sport event for youth with a physical disability and/or visual impairment. It also includes events for individuals with an intellectual disability. Since its inception in 1984, Junior Nationals has been held in a different host city in the United States. The 2020 event will mark the first time the competition has visited Denver, according to a media release from Adaptive Sports USA.

“We are excited and honored to host the Junior Nationals in 2020. Denver is an outdoor, active city, with recreational activities for everyone; and the compelling stories of these athletes echo the values found here. Denver Sports Commission is proud to welcome these dedicated athletes and their families to The Mile-High City,” says Matthew Payne, executive director, Denver Sports Commission, in the release.

The weeklong national sport championship is open to young athletes through the age of 22 and includes educational clinics, socials, and competition in archery, paratriathlon, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, and track and field. National classification will be available in archery, swimming, and track and field. Online registration will open in mid-April.

“We’re thrilled to help bring the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals to Denver,” said Linda Childears, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund, in the release. “This competition brings together several things that were important to our founder, Bill Daniels — support for people with a disability, support for amateur sports competitions, and a great opportunity to highlight Denver as a world-class city and destination.”

For more information, include eligibility requirements, registration, travel and lodging, the event schedule, volunteer opportunities, and more, visit Adaptive Sports USA.

[Source(s): Adaptive Sports USA, PR Newswire]