Lakeshore Foundation has a long history of promoting the Olympic and Paralympic movement. In fact, Lakeshore has produced 52 Paralympic athletes, coaches and staff, and those athletes have captured 30 Paralympic medals. In 2003, Lakeshore earned the designation as an official United States Olympic Committee Olympic and Paralympic Training Site. Lakeshore is a training site for USA Women’s Goalball and USA Wheelchair Basketball. In addition, Lakeshore is the High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) of USA Wheelchair Rugby. Local Birmingham athletes like three-time Paralympian (track) Josh Roberts and five-time Paralympic medalist (cycling) Jennifer Schuble also train at Lakeshore to reach their Paralympic goals.
Success in Rio
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Team USA had its most successful performance since Atlanta 1996, bringing home 115 medals. Lakeshore played a large role in Team USA’s success with all of our training site teams earning medals. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams captured gold, capping off a U.S. gold-medal sweep of all Olympic and and Paralympic basketball events. The USA Wheelchair Rugby Team finished its Paralympics with a heart-breaking, one-point overtime loss to Australia in the gold medal match. Despite their disappointment, the team finished with a highly coveted silver medal and improved upon their bronze medal performance in London 2012. The U.S. Women’s Goalball Team had its most successful Games since 2008, defeating host nation Brazil in the bronze medal match and claiming a podium spot.