Ricker’s and BP To Host Dinner For Paralympic Sport Club

Indianapolis, IN – The Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program (RHISP) to receive a $7,500 donation from Ricker Oil Company and BP.

Two months before the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Ricker Oil Company and BP will host a dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel to honor the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program (RHISP), an official Paralympic Sport Club that aids and develops athletes for worldwide competition.

Keynote speaker Chris Waddell, the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, will headline the evening. After a skiing accident left Waddell paralyzed from the waist down, he went on to earn 12 Paralympic medals over four Games, one of the select few to place in both summer and winter Games. He remains involved as a spokesman for the Paralympics, sharing his story with audiences across the nation.

During the event, Ricker’s President and CEO Quinn Ricker will present a check in the amount of $7,500 to RHISP in support of its efforts leading up to the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – Track & Field hosted by IUPUI in Indianapolis, Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1.

“We know the community is excited to host a piece of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Indianapolis, and we’re especially pleased to shine a light on this local organization,” Ricker said.

The event will be begin at 6:30pm Thursday, June 28, and include dinner and appearances by BP executives and representatives of RHISP.

“In addition to being an official Paralympic Sport Club, the RHISP also provides other non-competitive sports opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. The program is totally supported by private donations and this wonderful gift will help us to continue to advance our mission,” said RHI Foundation Executive Director Jim Graham. Attendees will include U.S. Paralympic officials, athletes and their families.

“BP looks forward to hosting this special event with Ricker’s to celebrate the efforts of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program and U.S. Paralympics as the London 2012 Games draw near,” said Barney Shirreffs of BP.

“We appreciate Ricker Oil Company and BP for their investment in the Paralympic Movement,” said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, United States Olympic Committee. “Their support is impacting communities around the country by helping to grow and expand Paralympic programming and future Paralympians.”

For more information on Indiana’s official Paralympic Sport Club, please visit http://rhin.com/rhi-sports-program/.

Posted on: June 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am