The U.S. Olympic Committee has recognized BP’s commitment to U.S. Paralympics with its Paralympic Amazing Impact Award, an honor given annually to organizations that raise awareness and support for the U.S. Paralympic Movement.
“The 2013 winners of our Paralympic Amazing Awards are delivering in the areas of grassroots development, elite high performance, sponsorship and philanthropy and telling the Paralympic story,” said USOC Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner. “BP is making a significant impact on the delivery of high quality programming to persons with physical disabilities throughout the United States.”
In late 2011, BP announced that it would extend its support of the USOC and Team USA through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. As part of this commitment, BP has placed a special focus on supporting the USOC’s Paralympic community.
BP is raising awareness at a grassroots level through its support of local Paralympic Sports Clubs (PSCs). The company is strengthening the link between the community and Paralympic movement by establishing partnerships between these local sports clubs and the thousands of BP branded fuel retailers in the U.S. BP and its branded marketers are utilizing its Fueling Communities program to build and foster relationships with PSCs. In addition, BP provides support through various programs such as local fund- raising efforts and equipment donations to PSCs across the country.
“Paralympic Sport Club members and aspiring athletes alike are grateful to BP, which is dedicated to help elevate the Paralympic movement,” said Ray Martin, a four-time gold medallist in track and field at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Fueling Communities allows owners and operators of BP retail gas stations to give back to the communities in which they operate by providing grant funding for local causes. The program supports local causes in the areas of health, education, youth, food and housing.
BP retailers, in turn, are helping to bring Paralympic sport demonstrations to local community events and festivals, raising funds throughout their network of retail outlets, and supporting the USOC’s efforts to build Paralympic programming at a local level.
“Without the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Club, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Martin added. “The Paralympic Sport Club has not only given me the opportunity to compete at an elite level, but has provided me with great support and a sense of community.”
The award will be presented at this year’s Paralympic Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., which draws more than 300 community, government, and military leaders. The conference focuses on expanding availability of sports programming, by coordinating efforts of those organizations involved with the Paralympic Movement, as well as those who want to start a new Paralympic sports club across the country.