Edition No. 27. Summer, 2001. Today is
A Message from USA Judo:
Las Vegas, USA

September 21, 2001

USA Judo President, Dr. Ron Tripp

I am pleased to announce that the IMCA America U.S. Open Judo Championships in Las Vegas on October 12-14 will continue as scheduled. The tragic events of September 11th have impacted the world. I am encouraged by the support we have received from the invited nations and their correspondences reconfirming participation in Las Vegas. The continued commitment to bring international judo to the United States during these times of strife sends a strong message that the world judo community will not be diverted in our continual mission of goodwill, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.

Jeremy Glick and Paul Pansini to be honored:

We are sad to report that the American Judo family has lost 2 of our members in the senseless Attack on America September 11, 2001.

Jeremy Glick, a National Collegiate Judo Champion, was a part of the heroic action on United flight 93. Jeremy, along with other passengers, attempted to regain control of the hijacked aircraft that was intended for a high profile target in our nations capitol. As a result of the actions of Jeremy and others, the plane came to rest in rural Pennsylvania. I have sent a letter to President Bush advising him of USA Judo's strongest endorsement of Jeremy as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Paul Pansini, a Bronze Medallist in the World Police and Fire Games, has been reported as missing since the tragic attack on the World Trade Center the morning of September 11th. Paul was part of the rescue and evacuation effort by the New York Fire Department that was underway prior to the building collapse.

The heroic action of these two members of the judo community will be honored at the IMCA America U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas Oct 12-14. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Glick and Pansini families for the loss of these two heroes.

Dr. Ron Tripp
USA Judo President

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