COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 20, 2017) – The U.S. sitting team competing at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games will begin competition on Tuesday against Venezuela.

The U.S. squad shares a three-team pool with Venezuela and Brazil. Each team will play the other two teams twice during pool play on March 21-23. The first- and second-place teams will play in the final on March 24.

U.S. athletes competing in the event are Alyssa Cleland, Annie Flood, Autum Reagan and Nina McVay. Elliot Blake, manager of sitting volleyball teams for USAV, is serving as the head coach.

Cleland and Flood carried the flag in the Opening Ceremony on Monday.

The tournament will use a 3v3 format and played on a court that is 4 meters wide by 8 meters long.

Approximately 1,000 athletes, ages 12-21 years old, are expected to compete in the fourth edition of the Youth Parapan American Games.

U.S. Roster for Youth Parapan American Games
Alyssa Cleland (Edmond, Okla.)
Annie Flood (Salem, Ore.)
Autum Reagan (Wellington, Kan.)
Nina McVay (Mooresville, N.C.)
Head Coach: Elliot Blake
Athletic Trainer: Lauren Chamness

Competition Schedule (All times local)
March 21
1 p.m. Venezuela v Brazil
5:30 p.m. Venezuela v USA

March 22
1 p.m. Brazil v USA
5:30 p.m. Venezuela v Brazil

March 23
1 p.m. Venezuela v USA
5:30 p.m. Brazil v USA

March 24
1:30 p.m. Final, No. 1 v No. 2


Women’s Sitting Team member and 2016 Paralympic gold medalist Katie Holloway will join a list of celebrity athletes participating in the 18th annual National Health Through Fitness Day on March 22 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The group was assembled by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and will be led by Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.

The sports industry event brings together sports celebrities with industry executives and sports and fitness experts to meet with legislators to advocate for sports and active lifestyle policies. Passing the PHIT Act and continued support for physical education in schools are this year’s priorities.

<p;”>“We are incredibly honored to have such strong attendance from legendary athletes every year,” said Tom Cove, SFIA President and CEO. “With the PHIT Act about to be considered in Congress, these superstars giving time to the cause sends a perfect signal about the importance of physical activity in America.”