U.S. Olympic Committee Honors Congressmen Jim Langevin and Dave Reichert with 2011 Amazing Investor Awards

May 9, 2011 Issues: Disabilities

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) are the winners of the 2011 Amazing Investor Award. The Amazing Awards are presented annually in six categories to individuals and organizations having significant impact on the Paralympic movement in the United States. Honorees were recognized throughout the 2011 USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference.

“The Paralympic Amazing Awards provide an opportunity to recognize those who are working tirelessly to help persons with physical and visual disabilities live healthy, active lives,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The USOC is committed to supporting the growth of Paralympic sport across the country and we’re proud to honor all who are working toward this goal.”
Rep. Langevin and Rep. Reichert were selected for the Amazing Investor Award for the instrumental role they play in the creation of resources in support of the Paralympic movement. Their work as co-chairs of the Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus is helping to generate countless opportunities for youth, adults, veterans and military personnel with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active in their communities.

“We owe it to our wounded warriors to ensure they have every opportunity to return to the healthy, active and productive lifestyle they want and deserve. The USOC Paralympic Military Program has provided that opportunity for more than 12,000 injured service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts,” said Congressman Langevin. “I would like to thank the Chief of Paralympics, Charlie Huebner, for his leadership, and all of the wonderful people at the U.S. Olympic Committee for making this effort possible. It is an honor to support this successful program. I will continue to fight for resources to broaden this effective initiative to reach more of the brave men and women who have so selflessly served our country.”

The Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus serves as an informal, bipartisan group of members dedicated to educating their colleagues about the goals and spirit of Olympic-related athletic activity, increasing diversity in athletics, promoting clean and fair competition, expanding youth sport, introducing the benefits of sport to persons with physical and visual disabilities, supporting the U.S. Olympic Movement’s efforts to align with the International Olympic Movement, and enabling athletes to realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

“I am honored to receive the Amazing Investor Award and accept it on behalf of the athletes that motivate me,” said Rep. Reichert. “My work as co-chair of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus frequently allows me to meet young people who strive for success and achieve it by overcoming incredible challenges.  They teach and inspire me.  It’s a privilege to be involved with and support the Olympic and Paralympic movement.”

The 2011 USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference brought more than 400 community, government and military leaders together for three days of interactive learning sessions, collaboration and networking.  The goal of the conference is to provide key audiences the tools and inspiration needed to implement and support successful Paralympic sport programs in their communities.
In addition to the Amazing Investor Award, honorees were recognized with the Amazing Leader, Amazing Sport Club, Amazing Impact, Amazing Mentor and Amazing Salute awards.  A complete list of award winners is available on the U.S. Paralympics website.

To learn more about the USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference, please visit www.usparalympics.org/leadershipconference.

For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529 or visit www.teamusa.org.