Illinois Wheelchair Athletics announced earlier this week on Facebook that the first ever National Training Center for Wheelchair Track opened at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The funding to open the center came from BP America and U.S. Paralympics. The facility includes among other things an honor wall, naming all the Paralympic and Olympic medalists who came through the program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign including Anjali Forber-Pratt and Shawn Meredith.
The United States won 28 medals in track and field at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, 9 of which were gold, 6 were silver and 13 were bronze. Tatyana McFadden was one of Illinois’s alumni who medaled in athletics at those games.