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Adapted Leisure Activities to host “Meet and Greet” with paralympic athlete

Wednesday November 4, 2009

Bob Lujano can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature “Murderball,” but visitors to the Douglass Community Center will have the opportunity to meet him in person on Monday, November 16.

Along with the “Meet and Greet,” pizza and soft drinks will be served at Douglass on November 16. Lujano is scheduled to meet with members of Louisville Metro Parks’ Adapted Leisure Activities program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Lujano will also give the keynote address at the Kentucky Park and Recreation’s annual conference and trade show at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

The conference, titled, “Thrilla in the Ville-a; Parks and Recreation: Endless Possibilities,” will be held November 17 to 20 at the Hyatt Recency Hotel in downtown Louisville.

Lujano is currently a Recreation Specialist at the Lakeshore Foundation, an U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site. In 11 years, Bob has helped win five U.S. Quad Rugby National Championships, with the Lakeshore Demolition out of Birmingham, Ala. He also won two medals playing rugby for the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby National Team. He earned a silver medal at the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as taking the bronze in Athens in 2004. Through his success on the rugby court and in the workplace, Bob helps U.S. Paralympics’ positively change the public’s attitudes and perceptions of disability.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Lujano, a quadruple amputee, graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law. He holds a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee. In 1979, Bob lost both arms below the elbow and both legs above the knee due to a rare form of meningitis.

“Murderball” chronicles the American team’s quest for gold at the 2004 Paralympics Games in Athens, where they took home the bronze.

More about Adapted Leisure Activities
Adapted Leisure Activities offers a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities, along with their friends and families. Programs include wheelchair basketball, aqua exercise, bowling, dances, assisted shopping and more. The Adapted Leisure staff also works with other programs in the Recreation Division of Metro Parks to ensure people with disabilities can participate in recreation activities, and works with the department's Planning & Design staff to ensure that new capital projects are developed with accessibility in mind. The program is hosted at the Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Boulevard in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood.

About Lujano

· www.boblujano.com (Lujano’s Personal Web site)

About the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society

· www.kyrps.org/