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USA Judo Named As VA/USOC Grant Recipient

April 16, 2014, 4:36 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo named as VA/USOC grant recipient

Funding to provide enhanced sport programming for disabled Veterans and
disabled members of the Armed Forces

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014                           

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Today U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that USA Judo 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 $7.5M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 70 community organizations and National Governing Bodies around the country.

Through this program, grants ranging from $13,000 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.

“USA Judo is honored to be given this opportunity for the second year in a row.  The success of this program is insurmountable and to be able to continue supporting the disabled and visually impaired military veterans and active duty service members is surreal,” said Ed Liddie, Director of High Performance, USA Judo.

“This funding has allowed thousands of veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level,” said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Through the leadership at Veterans Affairs and within Congress, these funds have a tremendous impact on the availability of programs across the country, not to mention thousands of lives.”

USA Judo provides an introduction to the sport of Judo, demonstration of drills, hands on instruction, mock tournament, and general overview of the US Paralympic program.  All participants are eligible upon approval to receive a Gi and one-year USA Judo membership subscription.

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 USA Judo and its programs, please contact Ed Liddie or Denise Thomas at eddie.liddie@usajudo.us or denise.thomas@usajudo.us

The mission of USA Judo is to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in domestic and international amateur judo competition and to promote and grow the sport of Judo in the United States.

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.

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