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Clarksville Parks and Recreation receives $7,580 grant for Sport Wheelchairs

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Clarksville Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that it has received a $7,580 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The award was one of 107 grants totaling over $735,482 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.

Quality of Life grant received from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to be used for Sports Wheelchairs.
Quality of Life grant received from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to be used for Sports Wheelchairs.

Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,600 grants totaling over $19 million since 1999.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation will use the grant to purchase 4 sport wheelchairs to expand sports programming for Paralympic Sport Club Clarksville. Currently the club has 5 sport wheelchairs.

In 2011, Clarksville Parks and Recreation partnered with the U.S. Paralympics to create Paralympic Sport Clarksville to engage athletes of all ages and with a variety of abilities to participate in sports regardless of their skill level.  Paralympic Sport Clarksville currently offers wheelchair basketball, archery, and adaptive swim lessons.

“I truly appreciate the Reeve Foundation for their generosity and commitment to making sure that every person, regardless of physical ability, is able to participate fully in all kinds of activities.  This grant will allow us to involve more participants in this important and exciting programming.  We look forward to continuing growth in the Paralympic Sport Club Clarksville,” said City of Clarksville Mayor, Kim McMillan.

“The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting programs and resources that foster independent living, improved health and community engagement,” said Donna Valente, Director, Quality of Life Grants, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The recognized grantees are instrumental to our work at the Reeve Foundation as we strive to serve the disability community with a roadmap of resources and programs to enhance their quality of life.”

Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers.

This cycle, the Reeve Foundation strategically focused on projects that address the needs of people with paralysis living in underserved areas, designated as groups or county or civil divisions in which residents have a shortage of personal health services or face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to healthcare.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers.

Funded programs serve individuals living with paralysis caused by injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The grants support innovative initiatives that aim to increase quality of life by improving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement, and increasing independence. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

About the Reeve Foundation

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 Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800.539.7309.

About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department OfficeThe mission of the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is to provide a variety of positive recreational experiences to enhance life values for individuals, families, and our diverse culture.

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.

To learn more, visit www.cityofclarksville.com or call 931.645.7476.

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