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Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)
Aly Van Dyke.


Shawnee County commissioners on Thursday will consider entering into an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee to establish a Paralympic Sports Club in Topeka.

The agreement wouldn't cost the county any money and could help the Parks and Recreation Department compete for "much needed grant funding," a memorandum from director John Knight states. The development and establishment of the club also would connect the county to the Olympic and Paralympic movement within the nation, he wrote.

Marketing Shawnee County programs as an official Paralympic Sports Club would "make our programs more attractive to the largest minority group in America," Knight wrote. That, in turn, would help the local economy by bringing in people from all over the country to participate in the activities, the memo states.

Currently, the county's adaptive recreation offers two programs: wheelchair softball and wheelchair basketball. The club designation and work could expand those offerings to include many other activities, the memo states, listing bocce, archery and hand cycling as examples.

Commissioners also will consider approving:

- An application for nearly $1.2 million in grant funding for the fiscal year 2015 Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Plan.

- No more than $33,841.66 for capital expenditures at the Kansas Expocentre.

- Providing notice of a special public meeting to discuss the 2015 budget with the Ambulance Advisory Board. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. May 14 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, 1500 S.W. 10th Ave.

May 1, 2014


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