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U.S. Olympic Committee Honors USO With 2013 Amazing Award

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Christian Pelusi 

Recognized “for [its] dedication to America’s troops and military families since World War II,” the USO has been named as this year’s recipient of the Amazing Salute Award by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The award will be given during the USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference presented by Deloitte on April 26-28 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Amazing Awards were conceived to honor those who have made a significant impact on the paralympic movement in the United States.

The Amazing Salute Award is given to an individual or organization that has made amazing contributions to injured military personnel. 

The release continued: “Since 2010, the USO has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the USOC to support the Warrior Games presented by Deloitte. The USO has proudly supported the athletes who compete with their visible and invisible wounds in seven competitive sport events held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Additionally, the USO helps present other sports programming for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans including Ride 2 Recovery and Rivers of Recovery.”

“It’s an honor for the USO to receive the Amazing Salute Award in recognition of our continuous support of wounded, ill and injured troops and their families through programs and services like the Warrior Games,” said USO executive vice president and chief of staff John I. Pray, Jr. “Being selected for this award by the U.S. Olympic Committee, one of the pioneer organizations to recognize the importance of active and healthy living during recovery is an even greater honor.  The USO accepts the Amazing Salute Award on behalf of all of the troops and families who count on us for support during their recovery process and we make the promise today, as we do every day, which we will always be by their side both on and off the battlefield.”

The Paralympic Movement returns to its roots by recognizing those who are providing amazing services to injured members of our Armed Forces through the promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

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