Energy company BP have announced they will sponsor seven Team USA athletes competing for a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Five of the athletes are Paralympic hopefuls. With the announcement, BP becomes the first-ever corporate partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to sponsor an athlete roster featuring more Paralympians than Olympians.
The group includes three returning BP Team USA athlete ambassadors: wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross and Paralympic archer Matt Stutzman.
It also includes two US military veterans wounded in combat – Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder and para-triathlete Melissa Stockwell, as well as swimmer Nathan Adrian and Paralympic long jumper Lex Gillette.
"These elite athletes embody BP's values", said George Bauernfeind, BP head of US Olympic and Paralympic programmes. "They are strong champions for their communities and relentless in their pursuit of excellence".
BP – an international partner of the International Paralympic Committee, as well as a sponsor of the National Paralympic Committees in several countries around the world – will help ensure that the athletes have the coaching, equipment and travel capabilities they need during training and competition. In addition, BP will donate to organisations and charities of each athlete's choosing.
BP also released a video introducing the US athletes they are supporting ...