U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), is currently accepting proposals for the 2010 Olympic Opportunity Paralympic Fund. The program will provide $1.25 million in grants to community-based organizations to create and expand Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces, according to a press release.
Through this program, the USOC and its partner organizations will collaborate 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.
“There is a great need to expand the availability of these types of programs at the community level for persons with physical and visual disabilities so that they can participate in sport,” Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive officer, stated in the release. “These grants will allow organizations across the country to develop and enhance programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of our Armed Forces to participate in daily physical activity in their communities.”