Thirty-nine Paralympic Organizations Receive 2009 Olympic Opportunity Fund Grants

June 30, 2009, 2:50 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee announced today $500,000 in grant funding for 39 Paralympic community organizations through the Olympic Opportunity Fund Grant Program. Started in 2007, the program provides financial assistance to sport organizations across the U.S. This year, the program was open to Paralympic Sport Clubs, USOC Paralympic member organizations, as well as veteran and military organizations. The primary focus of the 2009 grants is to develop Paralympic programs that serve injured military personnel and veterans.   

"We are proud to invest in the incredible work of our grant recipients," said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, USOC. "Together, we will have a tremendous impact on the availability of Paralympic sports programming and be able to provide more opportunities for persons with physical disabilities and injured service members to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level."

Seventeen organizations that provide community-based sports programming for injured service men and women received grants totaling more than $350,000. Twenty-two Paralympic Sport Clubs received more than $112,000 to provide sports programming at the grassroots level.

2009 Olympic Opportunity Fund Grant Recipients include:


  • Lakeshore Foundation, Paralympic Sport Birmingham (Birmingham)


  • Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (Berkeley)
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation (San Diego)
  • San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation, Paralympic Sport San Diego (San Diego)
  • City of Sacramento Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Access Leisure, Paralympic Sport Sacramento (Sacramento)


  • Eldora Special Recreation Program (Boulder)
  • City of Boulder, Paralympic Sport Boulder (Boulder)
  • City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, Paralympic Sport Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs)
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled, Paralympic Sport Winter Park (Winter Park)
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled, Paralympic Sport Denver (Denver)
  • Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, Paralympic Sport Telluride (Telluride)
  • U.S. Handcycling Federation (Evergreen)


  • Miami-Dade County, Paralympic Sport Miami (Miami)
  • Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, Paralympic Sport Tampa (Tampa)


  • BlazeSports America, Paralympic Sport Atlanta (Atlanta)


  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Paralympic Sport Chicago (Chicago)
  • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Paralympic Sport Great Lakes Region (Lake Forest)
  • Rockford Park District, Paralympic Sport Rockford (Rockford)


  • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Paralympic Sport Indianapolis (Indianapolis)


  • Louisiana GUMBO, Paralympic Sport Louisiana (Pineville)

New Hampshire

  • New England Disabled Sports, Paralympic Sport New Hampshire (Lincoln)
  • Northeast Passage, Paralympic Sport New Hampshire (Durham)

New York

  • Achilles International NY (New York)
  • Adaptive Sports Foundation at Windham Mountain, Paralympic Sport Windham (Windham)

North Carolina

  • Bridge II Sports, Paralympic Sport Triangle (Durham)


  • University of Central Oklahoma, Paralympic Sport Oklahoma City (Edmond)


  • Oregon Disability Sports, Paralympic Sport Portland (Portland)


  • HOPE Network, Paralympic Sport Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)


  • Midsouth Adaptive, Paralympic Sport Memphis (Cordova)


  • Operation Comfort Texas (Lago Vista)
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Paralympic Sport Arlington (Arlington)
  • Texas Rowing Center - Adaptive Rowing Program, Paralympic Sport Austin (Austin)
  • Memorial Hermann Foundation, Paralympic Sport Houston (Houston)


  • TRAILS (Salt Lake City)


  • Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Paralympic Sport Vermont (Killington)


  • Greater Metro Parks Tacoma Foundation, Paralympic Sport Tacoma (Tacoma)
  • Team St. Luke's, Paralympic Sport Spokane (Spokane)


  • Central Cross Country Association (Verona)
  • Milwaukee Public Schools, Paralympic Sport Milwaukee (Milwaukee)