The Houston Parks and Recreation Department and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), have partnered to create the First Annual Metal and Muscle Expo sponsored by the U.S. Paralympic Military Program, specifically for injured military men and women. The Expo will take place on January 17, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Hall D.
With 21 million Americans with physical disabilities, including thousands of military personnel who’ve been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.
“It is critical for our injured service members to have the opportunity to be physically active in their communities as part of the rehabilitation process,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics. “There is an incredible healing power that comes from once again being active with your friends or family following a disabling injury. The USOC is pleased to partner with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department to help our nation’s heroes return to living healthy, active lifestyles.”
The First Annual Metal and Muscle Expo sponsored by the US Paralympic Military Program will introduce attendees to Paralympic sports including sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, airgun shooting and judo for the blind. Attendees can also test their agility at a challenge slalom course, play power soccer, challenge slalom, participate in amputee walking/running clinics, meet Paralympic athletes and coaches and much more.
“We are very thankful to our partner, the USOC, for helping us bring the Metal and Muscle Expo to Houston,” said Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Exercise and fitness are lifelong activities needed to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We hope that the Metal and Muscle Expo will motivate attendees to stay active and improve their quality of life.”
The First Annual Metal and Muscle Expo sponsored by the US Paralympic Military Program is being coordinated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive Recreation Section. Attendees can preregister for the event by calling Peggy Turner at (713) 447-0736 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.