Wheelchair Sports, USA - History

History

Wheelchair Sports was founded in 1956 as National Wheelchair Athletic Association. In 1994, the name was changed to Wheelchair Sports, USA to more accurately reflect the organization's mission. For many years, the Bulova Watch Company, the Bulova family, and the Bulova School of Watchmaking were the primary financial supporters of the organization.

The national offices moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 1982 to be closer to other sports committees recognized by the US Olympic Committee. In 2006, the national offices were moved to their current location in New Jersey.

Wheelchair Sports played a large role in introducing wheelchair racing in its debut first as an exhibition sport in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic games.

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