Dreaming of being an Olympic athlete is something like dreaming of being an astronaut. These athletes come from all walks of life. Each has an amazing story to tell about their diversity and how it has impacted their lives and has helped them achieve greatness.

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The Hartford has been a supporter of U.S. Paralympics since 1994. In a groundbreaking agreement in 2003, The Hartford became a founding partner of U.S. Paralympics, the first and only insurance carrier to pledge support to U.S. Paralympics and its 300 elite athletes.

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As a sponsor of Team USA, TD Ameritrade saw an opportunity to align its core values to those of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

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The Cost of Diversity

PDJ August 14, 2012 0

Besides a literal “cost of diversity,” another major concern has been the figurative costs, in particular the displacement of people (mainly ethnic minorities and the poor) and “improvement” of the city in preparation for the Olympic Games.

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Supplier diversity is a key element of London 2012’s commitment to diversity. In 2008, Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) explored procurement policies and practices in the London boroughs hosting the games. The EHRC concluded that significant attempts have been made to improve supplier diversity, but only a small number had actually won contracts. Since then, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) issued a Diversity and Inclusion Business Charter to state its goals of supplier diversity at the games.

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“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.”
(Olympic Charter, 2004. Fundamental Principle #5)

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Paralympic Sports

PDJ August 7, 2012 0

The Paralympic Games include athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Movement classifies eligible impairments as such: impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment, and intellectual impairment.

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When Cullen Jones began swimming, he didn’t know he would become an African-American “first,” a trailblazer in his field. Cullen Jones didn’t know he would be an Olympian either. Cullen Jones, Olympic gold medalist, began swimming out of necessity.

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