UAZ Adaptive Athletics Hall of Fame will add Cheri Blauwet
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Hall of Fame will add Cheri Blauwet to list of distinguished honorees.
TUCSON, Ariz., August 30, 2019 - The University of Arizona (UArizona) Adaptive Athletics Program will induct Alumna and Medical Doctor Cheri Blauwet to the Adaptive Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame inductee was chosen from a list of distinguished finalists.
“Cheri Blauwet represents everything that is good about adaptive athletics. Not only is she a world-class Paralympic athlete, she excelled academically and has built a very reputable career,” said Peter Hughes, UArizona Adaptive Athletics director.
A former undergraduate student and track star at the University of Arizona, Dr. Blauwet graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2002 and went on to attend Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She is now an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School where she practices sports medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and brought home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.
Dr. Blauwet serves as the Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Commission and on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. She has become a global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all individuals with disabilities – exemplified by speaking on the floor of the UN in April 2015 for the UN International Day of Sport for development and Peace. She spoke alongside Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, IOC President Thomas Bach and IPC President Sir Philip Craven. Dr. Blauwet has given many talks throughout the world and was a guest at the White House as well as the keynote speaker at the Boston celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Blauwet will be honored at Arizona Adaptive Athletics’ Awards Gala on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort.
About the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program
The largest and most successful collegiate-based program in the country, the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program houses six competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. UArizona Adaptive Athletics believes in the power of sport to create an inroad to higher education and support the success of student athletes by providing community, accountability and academic resources.
In its 44-year history, Adaptive Athletics has sent 33 athletes to the Paralympics and has won a number of national titles, making this program a leader in the adaptive and wheelchair sports community. With excellent disability and athletics resources, and weather that allows for competition and training year-round, the University of Arizona is home to a dynamic and vibrant wheelchair and adaptive sports community.