A national event is returning to Middleton High School for the second straight year as MHS will host the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals on July 15-22.
More than 300 athletes ages 6-22 will compete in events such as track and field, swimming, archery, powerlifting, table tennis and air guns, along with a parathriathlon.
All of the events are scheduled to take place at Breitenbach Stadium, in the Varsity Gym and field house or in other areas around MHS.
"We are once again excited to host this important event,'' said Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Madison Area Sports Commission and Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The organization's long history of creating Olympic-style competition for young people of all abilities is commendable.
"We are delighted to welcome this special event. It will be an honor to host these young athletes, their family, friends and supporters.''
Adaptive Sport USA was established in 1956. Since 1967, the organization has focused on one goal: to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Junior Natinoals began in 1984 with three sanctioned events for wheelchair athletes ages 7 to 19.
Adaptive Sports USA serves more than 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults annually, through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters in 37 states nationwide in more than 30 different sports.
Adaptive Sports USA is going through a rebranding and recently changed the name of the event from The Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA 2016 National Junior Disability Championships.
The Madison Area Sports Commission was launched in 2010 and charged with elevating the recognition and awareness of sports tourism on the regional economy while also recruiting organizations to hold their events here. MASC is responsible for brining in more than $45 million to the area economy.