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National Ability Center and Clemson University Partner To Bring Adaptive Sport Trainings to Communities in Thailand

Thai exchange team to receive 8-day adaptive sport training as part of Project ASSC

PARK CITY, UT (AUG. 7, 2017) – The National Ability Center (NAC), in partnership with Clemson University, will host a team of professors and students from Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai for an 8-day adaptive sports training from Aug. 3-11 at NAC’s campus in Park City, UT. The project, “Adaptive Sport for Social Change: An International Sports Project for Individuals with Disabilities” (ASSC) is funded by an International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI), a cooperative agreement offered through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The comprehensive training introduces participants to cycling, sled hockey, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, paddling, wheelchair tennis, rugby, basketball and challenge course activities.

The ASSC partnership plays an important role in ongoing international training programs provided by the National Ability Center and allows the organization to inspire individual achievement while creating a global impact for people of all abilities. Since 1997, the National Ability Center has led the adaptive and Paralympic sports movement by providing sports training for all abilities across the globe including individuals from Indonesia, Spain and Italy. To further demonstrate international reach, the National Ability Center was recently involved in a worldwide mentoring program for two adaptive sport professionals from Armenia and Saudi Arabia.

“We are very excited to implement the ASSC to broaden awareness of adaptive sports and we look forward to helping people discover new possibilities in more communities around the world,” said Meeche White, founder of NAC.
“Through this partnership, we hope to help other countries replicate what we’ve built here by activating more training programs and developing more adaptive experiences.”

The impact of Project ASSC will lead to a positive shift in perspective toward individuals with disabilities in Chiang Mai expanding community awareness, increasing education and enabling those living with various abilities to become fully active in community life. In March of 2018 a group of approximately 30 individuals from the U.S. United States including project coordinators, coaches, interns, chaperones and youth with disabilities will travel to Thailand to conduct a 6-day training course at the Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai.

The National Ability Center plans to offer more training programs of this nature in the future and will continue to support Project ASSC with various initiatives. For more information on the National Ability Center, visit



About National Ability Center
The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the largest facilities in the country to provide recreational and sports opportunities to individuals of all abilities. Each year, the National Ability Center provides thousands of lessons in programs including skiing, horseback riding, cycling and archery. For more information on the National Ability Center, visit

About Clemson University
Clemson University is a selective, public, research university in a college-town setting. Clemson’s desire is to attract a capable, dedicated and diverse student body of approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with priority to students from South Carolina. The University offers a wide array of high quality baccalaureate programs built around a distinctive core curriculum. Graduate, continuing education, doctoral and research programs contribute to the state of knowledge and to the economic future of the state, nation and world. The university provides bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 majors through seven academic colleges.

About Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Sports Diplomacy Division
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. This mission is accomplished through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries. The Sports Diplomacy division (formerly SportsUnited) uses the international language of sports as a tool to promote tolerance, understanding and the peaceful resolution/prevention of conflict; to increase awareness among young people of the importance of following a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness in order to prevent illness, substance abuse, and negative behaviors; and to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities by providing inclusive sports opportunities that contribute to the physical and psychological health of people at all ages who experience disabilities.

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