2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund winners announced

By U.S. PARALYMPICS | teamusa.org | October 18, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Veterans Affairs announced that more than $2M in grant funding has been awarded to a total of 97 organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

The Olympic Opportunity Fund is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically and visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs.

In its third year, the Olympic Opportunity Fund has provided more than $4M to 223 USOC partner and community programs resulting in thousands of veterans with physical and visual impairments who are participating in sport programs and opportunities at the regional and national levels.

"This funding is helping to meet the need for Paralympic and adaptive sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces in communities across the country," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, there were 20 veterans and service members on the U.S. team who accounted for a total of 13 U.S. medals. We hope to build on that success at the elite level as well as continue to grow the number of veterans participating in Paralympic and adaptive sport at the grassroots level moving forward."

"Veterans Affairs is pleased to be partnering again with the USOC to provide funding for these programs," said Chris Nowak, national director, VA Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. "This support is crucial to the thousands of veteran athletes who are participating in sport programs and improving their lives along the way."

The 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund grant recipients are as follows:
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Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP), Berkeley, Calif.
Break the Barriers, Fresno, Calif.
Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego, Calif.
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Disabled Sports USA Far West, Citrus Heights, Calif.
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, Calif.
Military Racquetball Federation, Lake Forest, Calif.
Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, Menlo Park, Calif.
San Diego District Tennis Association, San Diego, Calif.
San Diego Rowing Club, San Diego, Calif.
Shared Adventures, Santa Cruz, Calif.
SJSU Research Foundation Timpany Center, San Jose, Calif.
United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC), Big Bear Lake, Calif.

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