January, 2012Today U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that San Antonio Sports has been selected to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. More than $4.4M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 95 community organizations around the country.
Through this program, grants ranging from $2,500 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.
“San Antonio Sports is pleased that we can offer All Can Fence,” says Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of San Antonio Sports. “Through this grant we hope participants will be motivated to stay physically active, stay engaged and have fun learning a new sport or perfecting technique. Sports deliver benefits at every level of participation, and we hope All Can Fence will open new paths for physically disabled individuals in our community.”
“We couldn’t be happier with this latest round of grants to be awarded to these new partner organizations,” said Director, VA National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events, Chris Nowak. “These grants provide more outlets for our disabled Veterans and injured service men and women to stay active and perhaps, ultimately, the opportunity to take their athleticism to the next level of competition as a U.S. Paralympian.”
“This funding is already having a tremendous impact on disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Through the USOC/Veterans Affairs partnership many community programs have been able to expand their programming and provide increased opportunities for Veterans to participate.”
San Antonio Sports received a $16,000 grant to support the continuation of All Can Fence, which provides adaptive fencing and access to physical activity for disabled veterans, disabled members of the Armed Forces, and the physically disabled community of San Antonio. Partners include the San Antonio Fencing Center, Brooke Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Unit and Center for the Intrepid, and the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital. To see photos from a previous session of All Can Fence, click here.
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 San Antonio Sports and its programs, please contact Carolyn Wheat, 210.289.7205.
San Antonio Sports’ mission is to transform our community through the power of sport. To learn more, visit SanAntonioSports.org.
The grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.