For the first time in the State of Florida, the City of Miramar will be hosting the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex on June 18 – 20.
More than 150 athletes with disabilities from five countries are expected to compete in the track and field events, which are qualifiers for the 2011 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand in January. Two local Paralympians Scott Danberg and Carlos Leon-Discuss will be competing in the Discus and Shot Put events.
The event begins at 8 a.m each day. Tickets are $5 per day; $3 for groups of 20 or more (box office fees will apply). They can be purchased online at www.miramarsports.com, in person at the Miramar Cultural Center Box Office located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar 33025, or by calling (954) 602-4500.
In addition to attending, there are five different levels of sponsorships available. They range from the $10,000 Gold Sponsor to the $1,000 Contributing Sponsor. Please call 954-602-3122 for sponsorship opportunities.
“Miramar is an excellent facility that’s unparalleled in terms of meeting all of our needs,” said Cathy Sellers, Associate Director of High Performance for Track & Field, U.S. Paralympics. “This city has been supportive since day one and has great energy, a great climate and we know our athletes will have great success there.”
The 9,000-square-foot Ansin Sports Complex located at 10801 Miramar Boulevard, Miramar, Florida, 33025 boasts an IAAF-certified Super X-Mondo track surface, only one of a few in the country. Mondo tracks are designed with a very smooth surface, which typically yields faster athlete performances.
Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralymics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities. There are more than 21 million Americans with a physical disability — many of whom are military veterans.