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Project

Higher Ground Idaho Outdoors Summer Adaptive Sports Program

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 68 K
Funding amount
Abstract
Higher Ground Idaho Outdoors Summer Adaptive Sports Program; HG’s Idaho Outdoors Summer Adaptive Sports Programs will offer individuals with SCI from the southwestern region of Idaho the opportunity to learn or re-learn recreational activities optimized for individual abilities. The underpinning of this multi-faceted project will be the freedoms associated with recreating in the backcountry, and identifying the equipment and resources needed for these individuals to engage in successful, independent adventures in the outdoors. This project will include off-road handcycling, waterskiing, and fly fishing. Specific components will include adaptive equipment, backcountry gear, transportation mechanisms, instructor trainings, and program supplies.
This program will also focus on the social aspects of recreation. By hosting day- and week-long programs throughout the summer, the participants will be able to connect and forge new friendships through sports. Through this innovative project, we plan to help create an accessible outdoors for participants, and demonstrate the modifications they will need to access outdoor recreation independently. We will accomplish this by introducing them to a variety of adaptive equipment, and also through collaborative partnerships with fellow service providers and adaptive sports outfitters for maximum output. As a sports and recreation-focused organization, our goals through the Idaho Outdoors program reinforce the Neilsen Foundation’s commitment to enhancing quality of life for individuals with SCI through innovative, collaborative methods. This multi-faceted project is anchored in the freedoms of recreating in the backcountry, and in identifying the equipment and resources needed for individuals with SCI to engage in successful, independent adventures in the outdoors. Specifically, Idaho Outdoors will support the following goals to improve standards for delivery of care and empower individuals with SCI:
• Independence – The Higher Ground staff of certified recreation therapists and highly trained instructors will increase accessibility to trails and outdoor activities, mitigating physical barriers to places, events, and activities. This dedication to equal access will reinforce the importance of living a full and active lifestyle for physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
• Socialization – The likelihood of participation in health or recreation programs is known to increase when friends or loved ones are also involved, so the group recreation component of this project will promote inclusivity and socialization.
• Health and well-being – Idaho Outdoors will include multiple day- and week-long program opportunities for participants to incorporate into their regular schedules to promote all-around healthier lifestyles.
• Empowerment – This project will reinforce a positive sense of self among participants.

(CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1117 Public Health and Health Services

  • RCDC

    Behavioral and Social Science

  • RCDC

    Clinical Research

  • Broad Research Areas

    Public Health