BEND, Ore. - Oregon Adaptive Sports is proud to announce that it has received a $2500 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $427,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,131 grants totaling over $16 million since 1999.
Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) will use the grant to purchase an adaptive hand cycle and bike helmets to help further their expansion into summer and year-round programs.
"OAS is honored to receive this award and we extend our gratitude to the Reeve Foundation for providing such funding opportunities", stated OAS Executive Director Christine Brousseau.
"We believe in the power of outdoor recreation for the individuals that we serve, and an expansion into year-round adaptive activities is perfectly aligned with our long term plans and goals. Funding from the Reeve Foundation will help us begin to build a fleet of adaptive cycles, allowing us to further serve all types of abilities."
"The Reeve Foundation's Quality of Life Grants Program has always been a cornerstone of one of our core beliefs, the power of we. By supporting these organizations that align with the same beliefs as ours, we are better able to help our community members live more independently," said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "We are pleased to reward a number of tremendous organizations for their efforts."
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families.
Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).
About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB's Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Award No. 1U59DD000838. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.
About Oregon Adaptive Sports
Oregon Adaptive Sports has been breaking barriers in Central Oregon since 1996, providing people with disabilities, and their families, opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our goal is to nurture the human spirit and foster self-confidence and independence. We currently offer instructional programs in alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, at both Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor ski resorts, but have begun the steps for year-round program expansion.