In less than a year, Team USA athletes will be faced with performing their best in the biggest competition of their lives at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
To help provide a home away from home for the athletes, Toyota, in partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, will present the USA House at the Paralympic Games to serve as a hub for U.S. athletes, U.S. Paralympic delegation members, partners and donors to share in the excitement of the Games in a festive environment with fellow Team USA fans.
Olympic athletes have long enjoyed the benefits of USA House. But this will be the first time the country’s Paralympic athletes will be afforded the same level of hospitality.
“I am so thrilled that we are going to have a USA House at the Paralympic Games,” says four-time Paralympian and Team Toyota athlete, Jessica Long. “The Games are their own crazy environment, and I’m so looking forward to having a place that will be a comforting piece of home in the middle of Tokyo. I can’t thank the USOPC and Toyota enough for giving American athletes a place to come together and celebrate the amazing things that are going to happen in Tokyo.”
The venue for the house — the Tokyo American Club — will be the same as that for the USA House during the Olympic Games. It will be open by invitation only throughout the duration of the Games.
“Toyota is honored to partner with Team USA in presenting the first-ever USA House at the Paralympic Games,” says Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Marketing. “As a company dedicated to mobility for all and committed to a more inclusive society, we look forward to supporting the Paralympic movement by providing a home away from home at the 2020 Games for the world-class Team USA Paralympic athletes as well as their families and friends.”
By Dan Miller