The 15th Paralympics will began Sept.  7 and will end Sept. 18, 2016. More than 4,300 athletes from at least 165 countries are scheduled to compete in 20 sports. The U.S. recently announced it will bring a team of 289 athletes, the largest U.S. delegation yet. A record number of outlets are expected to broadcast the games to more than 100 countries.

The Paralympic Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities. This includes mobility disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) – (The Paralympic Games are sometimes confused with the Special Olympics, which are only for people with intellectual disabilities.)

The following are the 7 Arizona athletes on the U.S. Team Roster:

Eric Bennett – Surprise, Ariz./Surprise, Ariz. (Archery)

Chad Cohn – Tucson, Ariz./Tucson, Ariz. (Wheelchair Rugby)

Erik Hightower – Phoenix, Ariz./Chula Vista, Calif. (Track & Field)

Allysa Seely – Glendale, Ariz./Phoenix, Ariz. (Paratriathlon, Track & Field)

Ahmed Shafik – Tucson, Ariz./Tucson, Ariz. (Powerlifting)

Kaitlyn Verfuerth – Flagstaff, Ariz./Flagstaff, Ariz. (Wheelchair Tennis)

Lora Webster – Phoenix, Ariz./Point Lookout, N.Y. (Sitting Volleyball)


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