Sports Unites All (SUA) is a collaborative initiative of the Russian American Foundation and the Ryan Martin Foundation. SUA’s mission is to increase awareness of adaptive sports and fitness for all and to encourage individuals with physical disabilities in Russia to live more active and successful lives. SUA is made possible, in part, with support from the US Embassy Moscow.
SUA extends a special Thank You to the creators of the
Wheelchair Basketball Training Zone for their collaboration and support.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is a US-based national organization that is recognized by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committees. The NWBA was founded in 1949 and today consists of 225 teams competing in seven categories: Adult Division (I, II and III), Women's Division, Intercollegiate Men's Division, Intercollegiate Women's Division, and a Juniors Division.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a non-profit organization in 1997 in the United States, is a world leader in teaching individuals with physical disabilities how to lead active and healthy lives. CAF's work is based on the premise that participation in physical activity at any level enhances self-esteem, encourages independence, and significantly improves quality of life.
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The Russian American Foundation
RAF was founded in 1997 as a non-partisan organization to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the United States, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.
RAF is known for its internationally acclaimed initiatives in the areas of arts, sports, and education - including a successful basketball exchange program, SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow for coaches and youth, in collaboration with the ASB, the Shkola 2.0 Project of Andrei Kirilenko, and the US Embassy in Moscow.
Among RAF's other acclaimed initiatives are its Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer programs in the US, its annual NSLI-Y Russian Language & Culture RAF & Bolshoi Way scholarship programs in Moscow, and “Battles on Ice”, a series of friendly hockey matches between firefighters from New York and Russia.
The Ryan Martin Foundation
RMF was founded in 2006 by Ryan Martin. RMF’s mission is to help youth and adult athletes with disabilities live independent, impassioned, productive and full lives through sports training, mentoring and education. RMF conducts annual programming which consists of several camps, clinics, and workshops in an effort to provide youth with disabilities more opportunities.
Ryan Martin was born with Spina Bifida and both of his legs were amputated at the age of two. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan's world from "wheelchair bound" to bound for college, for professional basketball, and for traveling overseas. In addition to his work with RMF, Ryan is also the advisor for the City University of NY Athletic Conference (CUNY) working to bring an adaptive sports program to their New York City campuses, and is a consultant for the NCAA on their Inclusive Sports Model.
Ryan also currently plays in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). He is a current member of the back to back reigning national champions, the New York Rolling Knicks and previously, played professional wheelchair basketball in Spain & France for ten seasons. In recognition of his life-long dedication to promoting the development of wheelchair basketball on all levels, he was most recently named as the Vice-President of the NWBA.