Funding to provide enhanced sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces
The U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), recently announced that Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has been selected to receive grant funding in the amount of $400,000 in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces. More than $7.5M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 70 community organizations and national governing bodies around the country.
“Adaptive sports and recreation activities remain an integral part of rehabilitation for our injured and disabled veterans, and this vital grant funding will help us continue to provide top-notch sports and recreation programs for our veterans and service members,” said Ernie Butler, director of sports and recreation at Paralyzed Veterans.
Through this program, grants ranging from $13,000 to $500,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.
“This funding has allowed thousands of veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level,” said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Through the leadership at Veterans Affairs and within Congress, these funds have a tremendous impact on the availability of programs across the country, not to mention thousands of lives.”
Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity has a positive effect on the rehabilitation process, self-esteem, education, employment and overall health.
For more information about Paralyzed Veterans’ sport and recreation programs, please visit www.pva.org/sports.