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Fitness, Recreation and Sports for Individuals with SCI

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 100 K
Funding amount
"Fitness, Recreation and Sports for Individuals with SCI" is Lakeshore Foundation's continuing effort to introduce individuals with SCI to adapted recreation, sport, and fitness, and engage them in ongoing healthful activity. Lakeshore is requesting $100,000 to make much-needed equipment replacements, to add equipment to accommodate growth in participation, and to provide program and travel support. Three key elements to be expanded and improved through this project include (1) the Inclusive Adult Recreation Program, (2) Lakeshore's ongoing fitness and exercise opportunities, and (3) Adult and Youth Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis programs.

The Inclusive Adult Recreation Program offers opportunities for beginners and those with some experience to participate and build skills together in handcycling, wheelchair basketball, tennis, lacrosse, softball, air rifle and archery, boccia, wheelchair football, and other sports. Able-bodied friends, family and community groups may join in this weekly activity, which often provides necessary support for beginners to try adapted sports. More experienced players with disabilities also mentor and support novices. Grant funds would provide for additional and replacement court chairs and handcycles as well as other direct program costs.

Lakeshore's ongoing fitness and exercise programs feature accessible equipment for individuals with SCI. Some equipment is wearing out - a positive indicator! More units are needed to meet demand. Among fitness equipment requested are additional Krankcycles. Our existing stock of these popular inclusive exercisers were funded by a 2009 Neilsen Foundation grant. Upper body exercisers and cable column strength equipment would also be purchased.

Three adult wheelchair basketball teams are supported by Lakeshore, as well as both recreational and competitive tennis. Each of these programs includes a relatively high prevalence of athletes with SCI. A Neilsen grant would provide a portion of annual travel costs for athletes in these programs to travel to games, matches and tournaments.

(CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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