Move United, a leader in community-based adaptive sports, is seeking a host city and sports partner for a national adaptive sports competition for the 2025 and 2026 years.
The Hartford Nationals, conducted by Move United, has moved to a two-year cycle for the host city, with the intent to move the event around the country every two years. The 2021 and 2022 events were hosted in Denver, and the 2023 and 2024 events will be hosted by Hoover/Birmingham, Alabama. A strong host city will be able to deliver an outstanding event for athletes, coaches, family members, supporters, and the general public. Host cities should have accessible venues and hotel properties, be attractive as a vacation destination, and be an affordable location for families attending the weeklong national championship event. The sports contested at the event include archery, paratriathlon, para powerlifting, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair tennis. International athletes and/or teams are welcome with a dual medal system utilized.
Celebrating the end of the summer sports season, The Hartford Nationals encompasses a youth and adult competition component. The weeklong event, which occurs annually in July, is for youth, adult, and masters athletes with a physical disability, visual impairment, or intellectual disability.
Move United will evaluate bids based on various criteria, including accessible venues and hotel properties, experience in sport event management, support of the local community, a strong local organizing committee (LOC) with the ability to generate local event sponsorships and resources, sophisticated venues and hotel properties, and affordability of the event for participants.
Bids for the 2025-2026 competitions will be accepted until October 15. Prospective hosts can check out the full request for proposals on the Moved United website.