MANCHESTER, NH—AbilityPLUS is one of fewer than 100 community-based organizations nationwide to receive a funding grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. AbilityPLUS will use the funds to support its Soldiers For Soldiers program.
“We couldn’t be happier with this latest round of grants to be awarded to these new partner organizations,” said Chris Nowak, Director VA National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. “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.”AbilityPLUS Soldiers For Soldiers is an activity based mentoring program that pairs Injured Service members (Active Duty as well as Veterans) with other Injured Service Members (Active Duty or Veterans) who have already discovered the benefits and opportunities available through adaptive sports. It currently offers a number of activities geared specifically for soldiers and their families including a multi day Alumni weekend event (featuring a variety of winter sports and healthy and wellness workshops), a day of Alpine skiing in collaboration with the Winter Wonderland celebration in the Mount Washington Valley and The 2nd Annual AbilityPLUS Race camp for Emerging Athletes and Injures Service Members.
“Soldiers For Soldiers is an expansion of these programs, with a number of new indoor and outdoor elements,” said AbilityPLUS Executive Director David Hauser,. “This grant will enable us to expand our mentoring program, cross-country skiing, biathlon, wellness and healthy living workshops. We’ll also be able to increase programs in snowshoeing, orienteering, yoga, snowmobiling and acupuncture.”
AbilityPLUS is in its 15th year of enriching the lives of program participants, their families, friends and a growing community of venues and volunteers who work to provide adaptive sports and recreation for individuals with all manner of disabilities. AbilityPLUS also is partnered with Disabled Sports USA to serve Injured Service Members with various injuries, including amputations, brain injuries, burns, visual and hearing impairments, all forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional scars.
AbilityPLUS has program locations at Mount Snow, VT; Atttitash, NH, Wildcat Mountain, NH as well as summer program installations throughout New England. Additional information on AbilityPLUS programs and event schedules is available at abilityPLUS.org