Alabama Adapted Receives Christopher Reeves Grant

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – (August 7, 2019) – University of Alabama Adapted Athletics is proud to announce that it has been awarded $24,894 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants and Direct Effect grants cycles. Seven High Impact Grants totaling $232,266 and 73 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants totaling $1,244,263 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, 3,153 grants totaling over $26 million have been awarded. Funding for these new cycles of grants were made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-01-01).

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has a number of grant programs under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants fund projects in the following areas: Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response, Nursing Home Transition, and Employment, while the Direct Effect Grants support a wide range of short-to mid-term projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

“There are several components that go into these projects,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program. “If we can provide programmatic and other financial supports, even in the short term with the Direct Effect grants, these organizations can now focus on executing their mission, leading to greater success, expansion, and sustainability.”

The Reeve Foundation funded a wide variety of projects from employment programs to accessible playground projects and adaptive sports programs.

University of Alabama Adapted Athletics will use the grant to increase the variety of equipment available in the existing UAAA adapted equipment loan closet for its Sport for All program and offer technologically advanced TriRide wheelchair attachments to improve transportation options and impact long-term shoulder health for UA students.

“UAAA is incredibly honored to receive this grant and thanks the Reeve Foundation for allowing us to expand and improve what we do for the community and UA students” says Associate Director, Margaret Stran. “This grant will have long term, positive benefits for all involved.”

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. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of

the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure” and offers a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

The mission of the adapted athletics program at Alabama is to provide our student athletes with disabilities the same or proportionate experience and resources as other student athletes on campus. For more information, please visit www.alabamaadapted.com or call (205) 348 7992

Contact

Margaret Stran

Associate Director, Alabama Adapted Athletics

(205) 348-7991

mstran@ua.edu

Anna Chamberlain
(973) 379-2690 ext. 7133 media@ChristopherReeve.org