Global Paralympic Partner Toyota has shared its enthusiasm to make history with the creation of nearly US $ 5 million (â¬ 4.1 million) in stipends and sponsorship opportunities that will have an impact live on the lives of eligible U.S. Paralympic athletes aiming to compete in Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.
This program is part of an effort to further support Team USA Paralympic athletes in pursuing their athletic dreams in partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars and wants to support people in their efforts to cross town, cross a room, and go through life. Toyota also believes in the power of sport and its ability to connect people from diverse backgrounds as they compete in mutual respect toward a common goal.
Through sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games bring the world together to celebrate humanity’s highest achievement, and it is the elite Paralympic athletes who truly demonstrate that when a person is free to move, everything is possible.
âAs a TOP Partner of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, and in keeping with Toyota’s values, we are proud to have the opportunity to support all of the US Team’s eligible Paralympic athletes who will represent our country at the biggest stage in the world. Said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America.
âWe welcome these athletes to the Team Toyota family and look forward to playing a small part in their journey to Tokyo and Beijing. We hope our support will help raise awareness among all Paralympic athletes around the world and the Paralympic Games. ”
Together, the scholarships and sponsorship opportunities will provide up to $ 5 million in financial support to eligible athletes to help their sport and the pursuit of their dreams:
â Processing: In partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and using the new Toyota United States Paralympic Fund, a one-time stipend of $ 3,000 will be paid to all eligible Team USA Paralympic athletes who are currently training and claiming to represent the United States at the Tokyo and Beijing Games. Individuals can also make additional donations by visiting https://support.teamusa.org/Toyota. The dollars raised will provide direct support to Paralympic athletes and the programs that help them reach their full potential.
â Sponsorship opportunities: Toyota will also provide sponsorship opportunities for athletes nominated to the US Paralympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. Athletes will have the option of accepting sponsorship.
âAs the Paralympic movement continues to thrive in the United States, we are encouraged by the commitments made by partners like Toyota, which foster greater affinity and greater exposure for the dedicated Paralympic athletes of Team USA,â said Sarah Hirshland, Executive Director of USOPC.
“The additional funds and expanded sponsorship opportunities give our Paralympic athletes more time to focus on training as they prepare for their goal of representing our country on the world stage.”
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US Paralympic athletics hopeful Ezra Frech added, âI am 16 years old and have been competing in Paralympic athletics since I was 8 years old. Unfortunately, I have seen many of my fellow adaptive athletes stop competing due to the expense of equipment, travel and training.
âThis program should inspire more young athletes to continue grinding. Thank you, Toyota, for your commitment to the Team USA Paralympic athletes!
In addition to the fund, Toyota actively supports Paralympic athletes and adapted sports. In 2015, the company became the official global mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Committees for the period 2017-2024.
In addition, Toyota is a proud partner of Team USA and several National Paralympic Governing Bodies (NGOs) and National Paralympic Teams in the United States.
As a mobility company, Toyota also puts its engineering expertise to work for Paralympic athletes, who may need specialized equipment or use human guides when competing.
Ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) worked with three-time Paralympian and Toyota team alpine skier Danelle Umstead and her husband and visual guide, Rob, in a wind tunnel in North Carolina to provide technical feedback on body positioning. , drafting and speeds. Ahead of the Beijing Games, TRD is working with the US Paralympic Alpine Ski Team to develop a sit ski, which the team hopes to use in competition.