Advancing Disability Inclusion Through Sport

About

Citi is proud to be the founding partner of PARA SPORT, the International Paralympic Committee’s new grassroots-to-high performance program that aims to change the narrative around people with disabilities and provide Para athletes and their member organizations with a platform to drive societal progress.

Diversity and inclusion are key imperatives for Citi, and our support of Para sports and Para athletes gives us a powerful platform to change perceptions of people with disabilities. Being the founding partner of PARA SPORT is the latest step in Citi’s long-standing commitment to Para sports, through various partnerships with the International Paralympic Committee, Move United, and 50+ Para athletes over the past 10+ years.

The new PARA SPORT program has three core elements:

  • Awareness – Helping people with disabilities engage more actively in sport by raising awareness of Para sport opportunities and the benefits of the programs for them and their families.
  • Community – Creating inclusion through sport, which is often about the people we meet, the memories made along the way, and a togetherness felt by both individuals and their families.
  • Freedom – Giving people an opportunity to challenge themselves and help increase their confidence. Those involved in Para sport have a profound sense of freedom, empowerment, and a strong sense of personal identity

Disability Inclusion

Creating an inclusive environment for all is of the utmost importance to Citi. Disability inclusion enables Citi to deliver with excellence for our colleagues, our clients and our community.

  • To advance disability inclusion, Citi takes an inclusive approach for all employees. Data is an important step in this process. It enables Citi to measure how we can better support the projects, programs and initiatives that allow us to adapt and improve our work to support the successful careers for all Citi employees.
  • Colleagues are encouraged to self-identify their demographic information, including disability status, through our Self-Identification program. This information provides the clearest, most complete picture of the diversity of our team, and allows us to adequately support the inclusion of all Citi employees.
  • Participation in our Disability: Enabling Diverse Abilities employee networks helps make Citi an environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work each day. Additionally, our colleagues are provided with the tools and resources to meet their full potential at Citi.
  • We also partner with strong external organizations such as Valuable 500 and Disability:IN to help advance our disability inclusion practices, promote inclusive hiring and provide educational resources to colleagues. And we’re proud to be recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the 2022 U.S. Disability Equality Index.
  • And, beyond these efforts, we encourage feedback from our colleagues through employee engagement surveys and listening tours. By keeping the lines of communication open, we are empowering colleagues to speak up to ensure we provide what they need.

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#StareAtGreatness

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Citi arrived at a powerful insight in conversations with Team Citi Para athletes: you shouldn't stare at a person with a disability. But what if that person was a three-time gold medalist? Or a world-record holder? Would it be okay to stare then? Team Citi Para athletes formed the basis for the “#StareAtGreatness” initiative, a campaign that highlights the talents and accomplishments of the disability community to help change perceptions of people with disabilities.

This campaign received wider recognition through being shortlisted and winning multiple awards globally, including:

Team Citi

These world-class athletes represent Citi's values, and were selected for their impressive accomplishments both in their sports and in their lives.

Summer Athletes

  • Madison de Rozario
    Australia
    Para Athletics
  • Cindy Ouellet
    Canada
    Wheelchair Basketball
    Profile
  • Alice Tai
    Great Britain
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Lauren Steadman
    Great Britain
    Paratriathlon
    Profile
  • Alison Yu
    Hong Kong
    Wheelchair Fencing
  • Manasi Joshi
    India
    Para Badmition
    Profile
  • Ellen Keane
    Ireland
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Veronica Yoko Plebani
    Italy
    Paratriathlon
    Profile
  • Katrin Kohl
    Luxembourg
    Para Athletics
    Profile
  • Gustavo Sanchez
    Mexico
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Lenia Ruvalcaba
    Mexico
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Diede de Groot
    Netherlands
    Wheelchair Tennis
    Profile
  • Natalia Partyka
    Poland
    Para Table Tennis
  • Susana Veiga
    Portugal
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Yip Pin Xiu
    Singapore
    Para Swimming
  • Veronika Vadovicova
    Slovakia
    Para Shooting Sport
    Profile
  • Ntando Mahlangu
    South Africa
    Para Athletics
    Profile
  • Marta Fernández Infante
    Spain
    Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Sara Al Senaani
    United Arab Emirates
    Sara Alsenani
    Profile
  • Brad Snyder
    United States
    Para Triathlon/Para Swimming
    Profile
  • Nicky Nieves
    United States
    Sitting Volleyball
    Profile
  • Scout Bassett
    United States
    Para Athletics
    Profile
  • Trevon Jenifer
    United States
    Wheelchair Basketball
    Profile

Winter Athletes

  • Ben Tudhope
    Australia
    Para Snowboard
    Profile
  • Tyler McGregor
    Canada
    Para Ice Hockey
    Profile
  • Pavel Bambousek
    Czech Republic
    Para Alpine Skiing
    Profile
  • Arly Aristides Velasquez Penaloza
    Mexico
    Para Alpine Skiing
    Profile
  • Igor Sikorski
    Poland
    Para Alpine Skiing
    Profile
  • Alexey Bugaev
    Russia
    Para Alpine Skiing
    Profile
  • Christy Gardner
    United States
    Para Ice Hockey
    Profile
  • Jen Lee
    United States
    Para Ice Hockey
    Profile
  • Rico Roman
    United States
    Para Ice Hockey
    Profile

Motorsports Athletes

  • Robert Wickens
    Canada
    Adaptive Racecar Driver
    Profile

National Paralympic Committee Partnerships

  • Australian Paralympic Association logo
  • Bulgarian Paralympic Association logo
  • Chinese Paralympic Association logo
  • Colombian Paralympic Association logo
  • Costa Rican Paralympic Association logo
  • Czech Republic Paralympic Association logo
  • Hong-Kong Paralympic Association logo
  • Indian Paralympic Association logo
  • Indonesian Paralympic Association logo
  • Ireland Paralympic Association logo
  • Luxembourg Paralympic Association logo
  • Malaysian Paralympic Association logo
  • Mexican Paralympic Association logo
  • Nigerian Paralympic Association logo
  • Philippines Paralympic Association logo
  • Poland Paralympic Association logo
  • Singapore Paralympic Association logo
  • Slovakian Paralympic Association logo
  • South African Paralympic Association logo
  • Thailand Paralympic Association logo
  • United Arab Emirates Paralympic Association logo
  • United Kingdom Paralympic Association logo