United States Pleased to Sponsor Visit of American Paralympians to Work with Zambian Coaches and Athletes with Disabilities

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia is pleased to announce that American Paralympic medalists Anjali Forber-Pratt and Joseph LeMar will visit Zambia to participate in a U.S. Sports Envoy program, April 3-7, 2017.

The visiting American Paralympians will travel to Ndola and Lusaka to build the capacity of coaches and athletes with disabilities, and raise awareness about inclusion of people with disabilities in sports.  Additional participants will include teachers and volunteers who work with athletes with disabilities.

American Paralympians Anjali Forber-Pratt and Joseph LeMar will partner with Special Olympics Zambia, the National Paralympic Committee of Zambia, the Olympic Youth Development Center, and other sports institutions to conduct sports demonstrations, discussions, and share best practices on managing sports for people with disabilities.

The United States Sports Envoy program is funded by the U.S. government and brings elite American athletes and coaches to lead programs developed by U.S. embassies and consulates in countries around the world.  The U.S. Embassy is pleased that Zambia was selected as one of the U.S. Sports Envoy program this year.  U.S. Sports Envoy coaches and athletes hold sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage youth in a dialogue on topics such as leadership and respect for diversity.

The United States Sports Envoy program works in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. sports federations, and professional American leagues.

Attached are bios of the U.S. Sports Envoys coming to Zambia.

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Anjali Forber-Pratt

Anjali Forber-Pratt (born June 22, 1984) is an American wheelchair racer who competes in sprint events at the Paralympic level.  Born in Kolkata, India and abandoned by her mother, Forber-Pratt was adopted by Lawrence Pratt and Rosalind Forber when she was two and a half months old. Raised in Natick, Massachusetts, Forber-Pratt was diagnosed with transverse myelitis when she was four-and-a-half months old; the disorder left her paralyzed from the waist, down.

Forber-Pratt began racing at the national level in 1993 with an appearance at the Junior National Wheelchair Games, and went on to compete at the games three more times—in 1996, 1998, and 2003—winning a total of four gold, six silver, and two bronze medals. She is currently the World Record and American Record holder in the 200-meter. As a student at Natick High School, Forber-Pratt also competed in downhill skiing before graduating in 2002.

Statistics and Highlights:

2013

  • Recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change”
  • Recipient of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award
  • Recognized by UMission.org as “Person of the Week”
  • Inducted into Natick High School Wall of Achievement

2012

    • Team Member – London 2012 Paralympic Games
    • Recipient of Amazing Mentor Award from the United States Olympic Committee
    • Recipient of Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association

2011

    • World Champion – 200m at IPC Athletics World Championships
    • Silver Medalist – 100m & 400m at IPC Athletics World Championships
    • World Record – 200m at Swiss Nationals
    • US Paralympic National Champion in the 400m in Miramar, FL
    • Silver Medalist US Paralympic Track & Field Championships
    • Honored as Hero Among Us at Boston Celtics Game

2010

    • Silver Medalist US Paralympic Track & Field Championships
    • American Record Holder, 200m
    • 4th Place, Gasparilla 15K in Tampa, FL
    • Champion, Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY

2009

    • First place, 100m, 200m @ Dixie Games
    • Third place, 400m @ Dixie Games
    • Beata Anderson Female Athlete of the Year Award, New England Wheelchair
    • Athletic Association
    • Student Athlete of the Year Award, University of Illinois DRES Adapted Athletics Program

2008

    • Bronze Medal, 400m @ Beijing Paralympic Games
    • Bronze Medal & American Record Holder 4x100m @ Beijing Paralympic Games

Joseph LeMar

Joseph LeMar was the first paralympian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, had been a Gold Medalist in the 400 meter race during the Paralympic Games in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and a Bronze Medalist in the 800 meters in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. In between, he had a number of national and international championships including another world record in the 800 meters, all despite having had his right foot amputated.

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2016:                                     Team USA member
Named one of the best 10 players in the tournament
Wheelchair Softball World Championship Japan

2016                                        Major League Tournament MVP

Wheelchair Softball New York

2012                                        Division II Best Hitter

National Wheelchair Softball Association,

Chicago, Illinois

2009                                        Division II Right Fielder of the Year,

National Wheelchair Softball Association,

Madison, Wisconsin

2008                                        Division II Rookie of the Year,

National Wheelchair Softball Association,

Omaha, Nebraska

2008                                        Gold Medalist, Wheelchair Basketball,

Canadian International Games, Montreal, Canada

2000                                        Bronze Medalist, 800 Meters

Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia

1997 – 2000                            World Record Holder, 800 Meters

1998 & 1999                           World Champion, 800 Meters

1992                                        Gold Medalist, 400 Meters

Paralympic Games, Barcelona, Spain

1990                                        New England High School Champion, 1 Mile, Indoors

Brockton High School Track Team