Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has awarded the 2013 Barrier-Free America Award to SPIRE Institute, for accessible architectural design demonstrating the importance of equal access for disabled veterans and all people with disabilities. The award was presented to SPIRE Institute founders, Ron and Tracy Clutter, during Paralyzed Veterans' 2013 Americana Gala. Chris Smith, from ThenDesign Architecture, who was one of the architects behind the design, was also honored.
"We are so pleased and honored to receive the Paralyzed Veterans of America Barrier-Free Award. Our initial vision was to create a world class sports facility for use by all ages and abilities for the purpose of bettering themselves, as well as their fellow man, to inSPIRE a generation to reach new heights with no barriers to participation on any level. The dream of SPIRE Institute was realized in a unique and powerful relationship with our architecture firm, ThenDesign Architecture who shared both my vision and commitment to creating a world class facility for rehabilitation, research, training and performance," said Ron Clutter, SPIRE Institute founder.
SPIRE Institute, located in Geneva, Ohio, is one of the most unique sports, fitness and athletic training complexes in the world—a place that empowers athletes by unlocking the full potential of the human spirit. SPIRE was recently designated as an Official United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, the $85 million dollar facility not only provides resources, facilities and programs for Team USA, but is a destination and source of inspiration for athletes of all ages, skills and abilities.