Tommy Chasanoff

Paralympian: Track & Field


Tommy Chasanoff was born on July 7, 1987 along with his twin brother. Tommy was born with cerebral palsy, so he has been coping with this disability since birth.


Tommy Chasanoff values the hard work he puts in to achieve his goals. Tommy says, "Races are the easy part. The hard parts are going out there, hitting the weight room, training when you don't want to." Tommy's hard work has paid off, reflecting in his achievements in track and field. Tommy received his first medals in the 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico. He received a gold medal in the 400 meter dash, a gold medal in the 800 meter dash, a silver medal in the 100 meter sprint, and a silver medal in the 200 meter sprint. Tommy also set the Parapan American record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01:81.

Not only does Tommy value his hard work and achievements as an athlete, but he also values his role as a mentor and a coach for other young athletes coping with disabilities and sports. He has worked with the young athletes at the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Club, which is run by his father, for the past five plus years. Tommy says, "It's a wonderful feeling to watch athletes develop and grow year to year, and I believe my experience as an athlete helps me relate."

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Tommy Chasanoff was introduced to running as a sport when he was five years old by his father, and has been running since. Tommy competed at the junior level as a Bennett Blazer in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to run four years of varsity track in high school and four years of track and cross country in college. His family is very involved in sports. His twin brother works for the New Orleans Hornets, his older brother works for the San Francisco 49ers, and his father runs the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Club.

Tommy Chasanoff has used sports to identify himself in society. He has a lengthy sports background, and he interned at Florida Southern College for three years then became an assistant sports information director. He graduated Webber International University in 2009 with degrees in sport management and marketing. Tommy works with young athletes at the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Club and coached at the National Junior Disability Championships. He has competed in track events around the world including England, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. For his future, Chasanoff hopes to continue running and work in college athletics.

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Sports as a Subculture

When we hear the word sport, many of us think football, baseball, basketball, golf, swimming, and everything in between. However, many of us don't realize there are subcultures in sports. We can classify these subcultures by level of difficulty. There are professional level sports, college level sports, high level sports, and youth sports. These are your basic subcultures in sports. As the sport level increases the fan base grows with it. However, even at the professional and Olympic level there are subcultures. In the Olympics you see sports such as hockey and track and field, but many of us never see the Paralympics. This is a perfect example of a subculture in sports. The Paralympics are treated differently and are not as popular as the Olympics.
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Sochi Olympics

During the Sochi Olympics, every sport from hockey to curling was covered by the media. The public was kept up to date with standings and medal counts. However, the Paralympics barely saw the light of day. Paralympians work just as hard as Olympians, however, they receive minimal media attention and no one ever hears about the results or the standings. You might if your digging for it. This is unfair to the Paralympians, and they should receive just as much attention as the Olympians.
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Social Interaction

Tommy works as an assistant sports information director for the University of Tampa. He serves as the main contact for men's and women's lacrosse. On top of that his duties include compiling statistics, composing stories, designing the game day programs, and record keeping. He also works at his fathers sports club, the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. He loves being involved with athletics, and plans to stay in that field of work.

Tommy still competes in track around the world, and puts in the hard work and training he needs to. He plans on running for as long as he can. With this determination, Tommy Chassanoff has become a role model for young athletes with disabilities, because he shows that those disabilities can't stop you from achieving your goals and living a normal life.

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