Paralyzed Veterans of America recently announced it has received a $200,000 adaptive sports grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs for its sports and recreation program. It is one of 89 programs to receive a grant.
“These are vital funds that will help us continue providing top-notch adaptive sports programs for our veterans,” Ernie Butler, director of sports and recreation for Paralyzed Veterans of America, said in a press release. “We encourage any veteran who has never tried an adaptive sport to reach out to us and come to one of our sports events — we guarantee that you will have a great time and be hooked on something you might have once thought was not possible to do after injury or in a wheelchair.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) new program offers grants to organizations to create adaptive sports activities for disabled veterans and armed forces members. Funds from the grants may be used for training, program development, recreation therapists, coaches, sport equipment, supplies and more. The program will award up to $8 million in grants, which benefit approximately 10,000 veterans.
The sports and recreation programs offered by Paralyzed Veterans’ are open to all veterans with any disability and include bass fishing, billiards, bowling, shooting sports and hand cycling.