CHICAGO, IL November 12 — 2012 Paralympic Games silver medalist Myles Porter has completed his four day visit to Chicago as an ambassador for USA Judo. During his stay, Myles participated in a variety of events at Judo clubs throughout the city. The trip was an opportunity for Chicago’s up and coming Paralympic Judo players to meet and train with Porter.
On Friday evening ( November 10th ), the Menomonee Judo Club hosted a reception for Myles. They celebrated not only him winning the Silver Medal in the men’s 100kg division at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, but also becoming the first U.S. judo player to be ranked number one in both the Olympic (sighted) and Paralympic (non-sighted) categories in his weight class. Myles achieved that feat ten days ago by winning the Dallas Invitational. More than 75 members of Menomonee Judo attended the reception at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap. Menomonee Judo Club was named a Paralympic National Training Site by USA Judo back in May, 2012.
“What a great trip to Chicago. I’m glad that we could work with so many different athletes.,” said Porter, who last visited the Windy City just over two years ago. “The growth in the Paralympic Judo programs here is obvious. Brett and the other instructors are doing a fantastic job.”
Porter made a total of 13 appearances during his time in Chicago. The programs he visited included, Blair Early Childhood Center ( Blair Stars Judo Club ) and three Chicago Park District locations ( Norwood Park Judo Club, Chase Park Judo Club and Davis Square Park Judo Club ). All of these clubs are part of Menomonee Judo and run by Brett Wolf and his staff. A huge part of the success of Paralympic Judo in Chicago has been the commitment of World Sport Chicago. World Sport Chicago is the legacy of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. They have used countless resources to build grassroots programs in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. “I want to thank USA Judo, World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Park District for making this visit possible. Myles did a fantastic job of connecting with our participants. I can’t say enough about his commitment to moving Paralympic Judo here in the United States forward.” said Brett Wolf, the head instructor of the Menomonee Judo Club.
Plans are already in motion for Myles to visit Chicago again in Spring 2013. ” At this point of my career, I realize that it’s about more than just winning matches and medals. I cherish being a role model for the next generation of players. I want to show them that through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. ” explained Porter.