The grants funded this year served to reduced financial obstacles for children, teens, and adults with disabilities in our local community as well as nationally and internationally.
Lessons & camps to try new recreational pursuits
- horseback riding, archery, surfing
Travel/entry fees for national & international competitions
- sled hockey, dragon boat racing, fencing, mountain biking, tennis, surfing, marathons
- tandem bike, surfboard, kneeboard, jogging stroller, all-terrain wheelchair, hiking equipment, mountain bike, wheelchair for basketball
Items that allowed for access to physical activities
- custom wetsuit, fishing, bike trailer
Although disabilities impact their lives in a variety of ways, what all grant recipients had in common was their desire to break down barriers and expand their ability to participate in physical activities!
Victoria is a recipient of a grant to help fund a custom kneeboard & travel for competitive surfing. Several years ago, while watching adaptive kneeling surfers do cutbacks, snaps, and get barreled, Victoria was inspired. It changed what she thought was even possible. She worked hard to advance her skills and in a short amount of time earned multiple consecutive world titles. Just last month Victoria won her final heat at the US Open in California and again defended the Women’s Kneel World Title. Victoria is fierce in the water & dedicated to her training. There is no doubt she will continue to elevate the sport as she raises the caliber of her surfing!
Ben is a recipient of a grant to fund a rugged all-terrain wheelchair and kayak like these so he can work towards his dream of fishing in all 50 states. Ben loves to fish, always trying to find access to the water. He lives an active lifestyle and enjoys pushing the limits of what he can do. The Spartan Chariot and fishing kayak give Ben freedom by allowing him to go off the beaten path and explore.
Louisa is a recipient of a grant to fund travel for international professional wheelchair tennis tournaments. A competitive player prior to bilateral below knee amputations, she dreamed of being a professional tennis player. When the summer 2020 US Open featured wheelchair tennis matches she realized her dream was still possible. After working very hard to raise her skill level on the court, Louisa recently placed second in doubles and fifth in singles at her first professional tournament!
Lisa is a recent grant recipient to fund an electric off-road adaptive mountain bike. She has always loved being outdoors and the bike allows the freedom to explore on her own or with friends that are able bodied since she can hike or bike alongside them. To get others involved and grow the sport Lisa recently formed an adaptive mountain bike club and developed a database of trails in her area. She is excited to continue riding on trails she never thought were possible and train for the Adaptive Mountain Bike Championships. Given Lisa is a decorated Paralympic athlete with a competitive spirit, there is no doubt she will continue to push the boundaries of what she can do in the sport.
Nat is the recipient of a grant to fund lessons and equipment for archery. After their disability, the love for sports was reignited when Nat learned to shoot at summer camp. Every year Nat looked forward to going back and recently found a local gym that provides a variety of adaptive sports, including archery. Having a personal bow now allows Nat to practice on their own time and make adjustments to better suit their needs. Nat says the new long bow is much easier to shoot, especially with the custom release their coach made. Look at the target in the comments -- more than one bullseye!
Jamie is the recipient of a grant in which funds were used to travel for sled hockey tournaments. Jamie plays for her local team and “never lets her size or disability get in the way of fierce competition.” Her goal is to compete in the Paralympics one day. Jamie was recently named to the Women’s National Sled Hockey Team and continues to crush it during competitions, so she is well on her way!
Gia was the recipient of a grant to cover equipment & travel while representing the USA in the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships this summer. After competing with Out Of Sight Dragons, a racing team of individuals who are blind and visually impaired, she exclaimed that “paddling for the first time at Nationals was awe-inspiring! Being around so many talented people appreciating a common passion showed how we can have unity amidst diversity and the current challenges of the global pandemic.”
Cecily, recent grant recipient, used funds to attend summer camp in the mountains of Vermont with a one-on-one aid to help her access hiking, swimming, water sports, wildlife interactions, and other adventures. Since she relishes in the sensory exhilaration of water, wind, and fresh air, can you imagine her excitement? Cecily’s beaming smiles, delighted demeanor, and full belly laughter is testimony of how much fun she had this summer spending time outdoors and making new friends!
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