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Paralympic Awareness 2011

To fuel the spirit of BP's sponsorship of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Charlotte-based BP Distributor, Mark Oil Company, is teaming up with Paralympic Sport Metrolina to help raise awareness of the benefits of recreational and competitive sports for youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities.

The event will provide an opportunity for area residents to learn how children and adults with disabilities overcome physical challenges through participation in recreational and competitive sports programs at Paralympic Sport Metrolina, a program of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.  Club members will be available to teach attendees about the unique skills it takes to perform various sports as an athlete with disabilities. Demonstrations will include wheelchair basketball, boccia, tandem cycling and hand-cycling.  

Mark Oil Company, a BP Distributor that services 34 BP stations throughout Charlotte, will present a $10,000 grant donation to Paralympic Sport Metrolina at the event. The donation is made possible through the BP Fueling Communities grant program, which will help fund the sport activities available at the club, such as wheelchair basketball, tandem cycling, sled hockey and goalball. In addition, BP will make a matching donation of $10,000 worth of sled hockey equipment and tandem bikes for the members of the club.

Charlotte-area residents can also participate in a fundraising effort for this important community program by purchasing a Paralympic Sport Metrolina bracelet for $1 at participating BP sites beginning today through January 31, 2012. All of the proceeds will go to the Paralympic Sport Metrolina.  

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