NRPA's 2009 USOC Paralympic Grant Initiative recipients announced

Dec. 16, 2009, 4:47 p.m. (ET)

Ashburn, Va., - The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in partnership with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced today the recipients of NRPA's 2009 USOC Paralympic Grant Initiative.

NRPA awarded $150,000 in grants to 12 park and recreation agencies in the U.S. to expand local community programs and opportunities for injured military personnel and people with physical disabilities.  The twelve agencies, operating in ten states, will receive funds ranging from $6,000 to $25,000 for purposes, including but not limited to:  Paralympic programs, adaptive equipment, training and education of staff/program leaders, program enhancements, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance for enhancing recreation experiences.  A total of 126 park and recreation agencies submitted applications for the grant program this year.

The 2009 NRPA USOC Paralympic Grant recipients are:         

Organization Name

City

State

City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department

Boulder

Colo.

Groton Parks and Recreation

Noank

Conn.

City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

Tampa

Fla.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation

Silver Spring

Md.

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department

Fayetteville

N.C.

City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Reno

Nev.

Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services/Adaptive Division

Las Vegas

Nev.

City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Services

Eugene

Ore.

Richland County Recreation Commission

Columbia

S.C.

Austin Parks & Recreation Department

Austin

Texas

Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Houston

Texas

Fairfax County Community and Recreation Services

Fairfax

Va.

City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation

Colorado Springs 

Colo. 

NRPA placed decision-making emphasis on agencies with an already-established community need for military-inclusion programming and expansion, as well as those that could provide daily physical-activity programming for injured service members.  Currently, more than 35,000 of the 21 million physically-disabled Americans are military personnel who have been injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"Through NRPA's USOC Paralympic Grant Initiative for military inclusion programming, we are providing what is a critical need for many local communities across the United States," said Barbara Tulipane, chief executive officer of NRPA.  "In addition to supporting recovering service members in grant recipient cities, we hope this program will serve to encourage further support for military inclusion programming throughout the country."

"This is an important investment in our partners and the future of Paralympic programming," said Stephanie Streeter, acting chief executive officer, USOC.  "Together, we can impact and expand sports programming for people with physical disabilities and injured service members in communities across the country."

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