For Immediate Release: Reno, NV ( May 4th, 2014 ) – Menomonee Judo Club’s head instructor, Brett Wolf, has been named 2013 Paralympic Judo Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Judo. The announcement took place at the USA Judo Senior
( Adult ) National Judo Championships in Reno, NV. At the National Championships, Menomonee Judo earned the most medals in the divisions for players with visual impairment with seven ( five silver medals and two bronze medals ). In May, 2012, USA Judo designated Menomonee Judo Club as the Paralympic Judo National Training Site.
“Today is a very important step forward for the Menomonee Judo Club. Our players did a tremendous job on the mat. Taking home seven national medals is something that we’re very proud of. Being given this prestigious award is testament to all of the hard work and dedication that our staff and players have shown over the last few years. “, explained Wolf.
Menomonee Judo got heavily involved in the Paralympic Judo movement in 2010 with great help and support from World Sport Chicago, the legacy wing of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. The Menomonee staff teaches Judo at parks, schools and rehab centers throughout the Chicagoland area. ” I’d like to give a huge thank you to our partner organizations, who’ve played a vital role in the growth and success of our Paralympic Judo programs. We’ve been lucky enough to build relationships with world class organizations such as World Sport Chicago, the Chicago Park District, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. Without them, none of this would be possible. “, explained Brett in a moment of reflection.
On a given week, Menomonee Judo has between 30 and 40 athletes with visual impairment training at their programs. They have an additional 100 athletes with various physical and / or intellectual disabilities doing Judo at the club. This makes Menomonee the largest Judo club in the United States for people with disabilities.
Brett sees a very bright future for the club’s Paralympic athletes. ” We will continue to work hard each and every day to make sure that our players are in a position to succeed and achieve whatever goals they make for themselves. This not only includes on the Judo mat, but in life. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. I’m loving every minute of this journey. “.
For more information on Menomonee Judo and it’s Paralympic programs, please go to: www.brettwolfjudo.com