Northeast Passage Receives U.S. Paralympics Grants for Disabled Veterans Activities

Northeast Passage Receives U.S. Paralympics Grants for Disabled Veterans Activities

Feb 02, 2012

Northeast Passage, a nationally-renowned UNH program that develops and delivers barrier-free recreation programs for people with disabilities, has received two grants from U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to support its Paralympic activities for disabled veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

With the help of a $150, 000 grant, Northeast Passage will launch the New England Veterans Paralympic Regional Development Program to help build a pipeline for veterans with disabilities to access community adapted sports and recreation programs. Northeast Passage will work to match veterans with Paralympic Sport Clubs based on their individual needs, whether geographic, sport-specific, or expertise in a particular diagnosis.

The second grant, for $17,000, will be used by Northeast Passage to recruit disabled veterans from around New England to participate in adapted recreation with a focus on the Paralympic sports of sled hockey, shooting, Nordic skiing, and handcycling. The organization also will offer the opportunity for participation in the sports of golf, paddling, water skiing, quad rugby, power soccer, and hiking/outdoor access. Working closely with VA hospitals and other veterans’ organizations, Northeast Passage’s Paralympic Sport Club will introduce sport to disabled veterans and connect the veterans with community resources.

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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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