Virtus USA member organization- Athletes Without Limit (AWL) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced a partnership to support the qualified Taekwondo athletes representing team USA at the upcoming 2022 Virtus Americas Games. The games are scheduled to be held at Sao Paulo, Brazil from 18th to 23rd September where hundreds of best elites will be competing across six sports- Taekwondo, Athletics/Track, Basketball, Futsal, Table Tennis, and Swimming at the Americas Regional Games.
“AAU Taekwondo is excited about our partnership with Athletes Without Limits and Virtus! As the only organization committed to growth at the grassroots level, we are honored to be chosen to host the team trialsand offer new opportunities to these amazing athletes.” said Bobby Stone, AAU National Sports Chair for Taekwondo.
AAU will be sponsoring up to twelve Para Poomsae athletes in both male and female categories in each age group (Under 30 and Over 30) across all three categories, i.e., II1 – Intellectual Impairment; II2 – Down Syndrome; II3 – Autism.
The selection will be done during the AAU National Championship in Las Vegas, from 3rd to 9th July. In addition, AAU has also committed to fund coaching or staff position.
“This is a substantial investment by the AAU in building the best Taekwondo team in the world. By supporting players with intellectual disabilities across all genders, classes and age groups equally, the AAU is putting the USA in a position to build deep teams and ensure all deserving athletes have the opportunity and support to represent the USA at the highest levels” says Barry Holman, AWL President.
Interested Taekwondo players from USA should visit the Athletes Without Limits website for more information.
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