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VA awards grant to Beaverton-based Adaptive Sports

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The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Veterans and service members with disabilities (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of sustainable adaptive sport activities that Veterans and service members with disabilities have to participate in physical activity including those for mental health issues within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

By Veterans Affairs
Monday, January 27, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. –VA Portland Health Care System is proud to announce that Adaptive Sports Northwest (ASNW) out of Beaverton was selected to receive a $146,000 grant from Veterans Affairs to provide adaptive sports programs benefiting Veterans with disabilities and disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

ANSW is the one recipient of 126 grants VA awarded this fall to national, regional and community programs, which will reach about 11,000 Veterans and service members across the country.

“We are honored to partner with Adaptive Sports Northwest to help Veterans with disabilities flourish and open pathways to community integration, despite the physical or mental challenges they may face,” said Darwin Goodspeed, VA Portland Health Care System Director. “This grant is particularly timely and special for us as we are hosting the 2020 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Portland July 3 – 8 in partnership the Paralyzed Veterans of America.”

VA awarded the grants to Veterans Service Organizations; city and regional municipalities; and other community groups to provide a wide range of adaptive sports opportunities. The grants will also benefit national governing bodies which prepare high level athletes for Paralympic competition.

Grant recipients may use the funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs. In addition to equine therapy, the grants will support well-known adaptive sports such as cycling, kayaking and archery to less traditional sports like hiking, hunting and paragliding.

ASNW’s grant will support their efforts to expand Veteran access to sports in collaboration with ten Oregon-based organizations including:

  • Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Portland Veterans Administration
  • Portland International Raceway
  • Portland Pounders wheelchair rugby team
  • Team River Runner
  • Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation
  • Portland Parks and Recreation
  • City of Eugene
  • Portland State University

For more information about ASNW’s programs for service members and Veterans, contact Dave Hanna at 503-241-0850 or dave@adaptivesportsnw.org.

Information about the VA awardees and details of the program are available at www.va.gov/adaptivesports and @Sports4Vets on social media.

Media Contact:     
Daniel Herrigstad, VAPORHCS Public Affairs Office 
Daniel.herrigstad@va.gov (503) 402-2975
VA Portland Health Care System
3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, Oregon 97239

         

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