What We Do

 

We currently assist a growing population of 226 athletes. These athletes participate in recreational sports, adventure sports as well as local, regional, national, and Paralympics-level competitive events. Athletes who meet or exceed Paralympic standards, in their sport, are referred to U. S. Paralympic coaches and are offered an opportunity to vie for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team. Presently 17 athletes (15%) are in our Paralympic pipeline.

Support Criteria

 

Special Operations Bionic Warriors, Inc. assists Special Operations service men and women who have overcome significant challenges as a result of their service to our country, and have embraced the fighting athletic spirit. These men and women are undeniably an inspiration to us all, but more importantly they are an inspiration to their fellow special operators who are also recovering. The support criteria includes the following: 

 

  • Must be or have been assigned to Special Operations Command. 

  • Must have a verified injury. 

  • Must participate in the Amateur Adaptive Athletic Pipeline. 

  • Must submit a Special Operations Bionic Warriors Grant Application. 

Amateur Adaptive Athletic Pipeline 

 

Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc. assists athletes in competing recreationally, as well as, at higher athletic levels, both nationally and internationally. We coordinate, and work with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Paralympics by recommending athletes that have the ability to make the US Paralympic Team.

 

Sponsored athletes have the opportunity to participate at any level within the amateur competitive pipeline. The pyramid below outlines our amateur competitive pipeline. 

Paralympic Team:

 

Athlete meets or exceeds designated performance criteria for Paralympic Team nomination. Athlete competes as a member of U.S. Paralympic Team in their respective sport(s) during the summer and/or winter Paralympic Games. 

 

National Team Member: 

 

Athlete involvement of a competitive nature at the national and international level, primarily single sport focus (may be dual sport focus), performance / results oriented, national and international competition at the most elite level of the respective sport(s). Athlete meets or exceeds designated performance criteria for National Team nomination. 

 

Elite Athlete (National Team Standard):  

 

Athlete involvement of a competitive nature at the national and international level, primarily single sport focus (may be dual sport focus), performance / results oriented, national and international competition at the most elite level of the respective sport(s). May participate and be selected to international event teams / groups for designated events/or National Team. 

 

International Events:   

 

Single and multi-sport, draw participants from all regions and nations, qualifying criteria / standards frequently required for participation. Athletes typically represent nation. 

 

Emerging Athlete (Emerging Standard):   

 

Athlete involvement of a competitive nature at the local, regional and/or national level, single or dual sport focus, performance /results oriented. This may include exposure to international competition including participation and selection to international event teams/groups for designated events. 

 

National Events:    

 

Typically single-sport, draw participants from all 50 states, qualifying criteria / standards often required for participation, disability focused. May include able bodied events for which Paralympic-eligible athletes have met qualifying criteria. Athletes typically represent local team, program or training group.

 

Developmental Athlete (Military Standard):     

 

Athlete involvement of a competitive nature at the local and/or regional level, single or multi-sport focus, emphasis on skill-development, growth, and performance/results improvement. 

 

Regional Events:     

 

State and multi-state level, may be single or multi-sport, disability focused or integrated with able-bodied participants. Athletes typically represent local team, program or training group. 

 

Identified Athlete:     

 

Athlete involvement of a competitive nature at the local level, single or multi-sport focus, with emphasis on skill-development, growth, and performance/results improvement. 

 

Local Events:      

 

Community level, may be single or multi-sport, disability focused or integrated with able-bodied participants. Athletes typically represent local team, program or training group. 

 

Recreational Athlete:       

 

Athlete involvement in sport at the local and community level, may be competitive or non-competitive (i.e. fitness), participatory in nature, emphasis on skill- development and sport education.  

 

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