The publishers of SPORTS ‛N SPOKES magazine (S‛NS), a Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) publication, have announced they are currently seeking nominations for the 2013 SPORTS ‛N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year.
The SPORTS `N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year award is replete with history spanning back to its inception more than 20 years ago. S‛NS founding editor, Cliff Crase and wife Nancy, felt there needed to be an award that recognized the junior athlete and based the award on the Paralyzed Veterans' Jack Gerhardt Award for adult athletes.
“Junior sports was quickly becoming more popular and we felt there needed to be something as prestigious as Paralyzed Veterans' award,” says Nancy Crase. “The junior athletes can now win this award and then go on to win the adult award.”
Historically, the S‛NS Junior Athlete of the Year is awarded during the closing ceremony of the National Junior Disability Championships event held each year. The annual event is an Olympic-style sports competition held for physically disabled youth, including (but not limited to) those with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, amputees, visually impaired/blind, and other similar physical disabilities that impede movement.
The winning athlete is awarded an engraved plaque and offered a one-year free subscription to S‛NS magazine. This year, as part of the title, the winner will be presented with a brand new wheelchair built to his/her specifications thanks to Mike Box Designs.
Nominations are open for young athletes to age 18 and can be submitted via this link no later than June 15, 2013.
Those interested in sending nominations by mail can do so to the following address:
Paralyzed Veterans of America Publications
Junior Athlete Nominations
2111 E. Highland Ave
Phoenix, AZ. 85016
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