Pittsburgh – World-Class Sports Town, Small-Town Friendly Looking for a city with friendly people, great amenities and outstanding sports venues? Hands down – it’s Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s major sports venues are ADA-accessible and offer numerous conveniences for people with disabilities. And there’s no question that Pittsburgh is a welcoming city. “Pittsburgh has a long history with adaptive sports,” says Rory Cooper, chair, Local Organizing Committee, 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games. “We have a Paralympic Sports Club here and there are a number of Paralympic athletes from the Pittsburgh region.” Most restaurants in the city are wheelchair-accessible and “talking” traffic lights are on many downtown streets. On request, restaurant staff will read menus, provide seating with the best lighting and cut food before serving. The city’s arts and culture scene rivals that of major U.S. cities. Its compact, safe Cultural District is located within a 14-block area, and theaters offer accessible seating, assistive listening devices, wheelchairs and more. World-class accessible attractions abound, too. Organizers of numerous collegiate and amateur events chose Pittsburgh, including National Kidney Foundation’s U.S. Transplant Games and East Coast Volleyball Junior Girls Championships. The city successfully hosted world-class events including National Veterans Wheelchair Games, National Senior Games, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, National Hockey League’s Winter Classic, numerous U.S. Opens and the CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Pittsburgh: a welcoming choice for sports events of all types and sizes. For more information, contact Jennifer Hawkins at 412-281-0482, x3158. STATS • Pittsburgh was just named among the 20 “must see” places in the world to experience in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler. • Sporting News has ranked Pittsburgh in the top 10 of the best cities for sports in 2011. • Pittsburgh International Airport is rated as one of the most affordable airports in the country. • The 8th Annual Farmers Insurance study ranks Pittsburgh as the most secure city among large metro areas (500,000 or more residents). • Home to the Paralympic Sport Club – HOPE Network • Home to Steelwheelers Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball Teams • Home to Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey Team • Host of 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
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