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Paralympic Send-Off Party
July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNI will hold a sendoff celebration for Paralympian Jessica Heims on Tuesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at Dan Deery Toyota on University Avenue in Cedar Falls.
Heims and UNI track and field teammate Erin Kerkhoff will represent Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo Aug. 24-Sept. 5. Kerkhoff will be unable to attend the sendoff because of family commitments.
The event is open to the public and light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. A short program will begin around 6:30.
Heims, the US Record holder in the f64 Discus, is currently ranked second in the world in her event. She claimed the top spot at last months’ US Team Trials in Minneapolis. Tokyo will be Heims’ second Paralympic Games after making the trip to Rio four years ago.
Kerkhoff finished second at the trials in both the T13 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash and is ranked top-10 in the world in both events.
Toyota is an active supporter of Paralympic athletes and adaptive sports. In 2015, the company became the official worldwide mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Committees.