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Sportable Wheelchair Rugby Program

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 75 K
Funding amount
Project Title: Sportable Wheelchair Rugby Program

Project Description: Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia, respectfully requests $75,000 in support from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to establish a new wheelchair rugby program. Currently our athletes with impairments of all four limbs, including those with SCI, are limited in their options for participating in team sports. We are pursuing a wheelchair rugby program in direct response to feedback from our athletes, particularly those who are military veterans.

Expected Outcomes: By October 2019, Sportable will have recruited at least 14 athletes to participate on the wheelchair rugby team. During the first season, players will focus on skills-building and have opportunities to participate in competitive play. Coaches will encourage players to establish individual and team goals, including skills attainment, health, and quality of life, and monitor their progress toward achieving these goals throughout the season.

Relevance to Foundation Mission: Sportable is a community of staff, athletes, coaches, and volunteers that strives to create an environment where everyone is encouraged to achieve their personal best. Through adaptive sports, especially team sports, our athletes not only learn new skills and improve their physical health but build their confidence and independence in a community of peers. We share the Foundation’s vision and commitment to people with SCI living full and productive lives as active participants in their community. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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