ARLINGTON – The University of Texas at Arlington has received
$17,500 for enhanced sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled
members of the armed forces.
The U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs awarded $4.4 million to 95 community-based organizations in support of
Paralympic sport and physical activity programs.
This is the third year the University has received a U.S.
Paralympic Olympic Opportunity Fund Grant.
University hosts an official Paralympics Sports Club
Movin’ Mavs adaptive sports
program. The club provides adaptive sports clinics and camps for the public in cooperation with the Veterans Affairs’ Warrior Transition Programs.
Arlington staff members serve as coaches for the Army Warrior Transition
Command Wheelchair Basketball developmental program and the Army National
Wheelchair Basketball Team that won the Gold Medal at the 2011 Warrior Games
and are training for the 2012 Warrior Games.
“It is an
honor for us to be able to work with U.S. Paralympics and the Department of Veterans
Affairs to provide sport and recreation programming for our veterans with
disabilities,” said Doug Garner, UTA
Movin’ Mavs coach and assistant director of adaptive sports in the Campus
Recreation Department of Student Affairs.
“The value of sports and
recreation programming to help these men and women transition back into
everyday life has been proven to be a key in maintaining mental and physical
health for this population,” he said.
Through the program, grants
ranging from $2,500 to $500,000 were provided to U.S. Olympic Committee partner
organizations and community programs. The funds will help increase the number
and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired veterans to
participate in physical activity and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs
at the regional and national levels.
Chris Nowak, director of the
Veterans Affairs National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events, said his
organization couldn’t be happier with this latest round of grants awarded to
“These grants provide more
outlets for our disabled veterans and injured service men and women to stay
active and perhaps, ultimately, the opportunity to take their athleticism to
the next level of competition as a U.S. Paralympian,” Nowak said.
Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO, added:
“Through the USOC/Veterans Affairs partnership, many community programs have
been able to expand their programming and provide increased opportunities for
Veterans to participate.”
Research has shown that regular
participation in physical activity has a positive effect on the rehabilitation
process, self-esteem, education, employment and overall health.
Visit www.uta.edu/movinmavs for more information about UT Arlington’s Movin’ Mavs.
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