United States Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program
The United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Division was asked by Congress and Veteran Service Organizations in 2007 to lead the U.S. Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program and ensure that physical activity opportunities exist for disabled veterans and service members at the community level.
The program combines funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs with financial, personnel and program support from the USOC and many partner organizations to provide Veterans with Paralympic sport programming throughout the country.
The program recently completed another successful quarter with several key events, more Veterans participating in Paralympic sport activities and enhanced collaboration between community organizations and VA facilities at the local level, as well as between the USOC and the VA at the national level. Highlights include:
- More than 200 Paralympic Sport Clubs or community sport organizations are currently providing programs for veterans or service members, a big increase from the 2010 goal of 50
- More than 850 community, sport, military and Veteran leaders have been provided training, technical assistance or ongoing program support to develop or expand existing programs for Veterans
- More than 8,200 Veterans with disabilities participated in programs and activities since the program began
- To date, the USOC Paralympic Community and Veterans Program has provided 297 grants to community based organizations totaling more than $13.8 million
In addition to grant support for partner organizations and U.S. Paralympics operated programs, the USOC continues to collaborate with VA on an ongoing outreach and awareness effort to inform disabled veterans, disabled members of the Armed Forces and their family members about the program and to direct them to accessible and welcoming sport opportunities in their hometowns.
The USOC provides the VA Medical Centers and partner organizations with training and technical assistance to ensure the highest quality sport experience for participating disabled veterans.