Hoover selected to host adaptive sports competition Move United Nationals in 2023 + 2024

Move United Nationals
Move United works hard so everyone, regardless of ability, has equal access to sports and recreation in their community. (Move United on Facebook)

After a nationwide bid process, Move United, the national leader in community-based sports and recreation for individuals with disabilities, has officially chosen the City of Hoover to host the Move United Nationals in 2023 and 2024. Read on for more details.

Host with the most

With The World Games 2022 coming up and several years hosting the SEC baseball tournament, it’s no secret that Hoover has been able to host some amazing events. Now, they have the Move United Nationals to add to the list.

Move United Nationals is the largest and longest-standing national sports championship event for athletes with a physical, visual and/or intellectual disability. Hoover was selected to host the event, slated to take place July 8-15, in 2023 and 2024.

The City of Hoover, Lakeshore Foundation and Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau are all part of the local organizing committee spearheading the event.

“As one of the most diverse cities in Alabama, the City of Hoover makes an intentional effort to make sure everyone feels included and empowered. We are excited to share our facilities with the Move United team and those of all abilities. We also look forward to welcoming all of the athletes to our area and showing them an experience filled with smiles and southern charm.”

Mayor Frank V. Brocato, City of Hoover

All about Move United Nationals

More than 400 athletes with disabilities and coaches are expected to participate in the major event—jam-packed with competitions, clinics, education and social opportunities. Of course, the weeklong event features a wide array of sports, including:

  • Archery
  • Para powerlifting
  • Paratriathlon
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Track and field
  • Wheelchair tennis

The 2023 competition will mark the 66th year of the Move United Nationals, with adult and youth athletes alike taking part in the competition. They qualify to compete through one of more than two dozen Move United Sanctioned Competitions, a National Governing Body or High School Athletic Association sanctioned event or another event approved by Move United.

“There is a real need for additional opportunities for adaptive athletes over the age of 22 to not only come together but also to compete. We are excited to provide a platform for all athletes in our community to showcase their talent starting next year.”

Glenn Merry, Executive Director, Move United

Learn more about the Move United Nationals on their website.

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