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TWU receives grant to expand programming for disabled military veterans

12/7/12

DENTON — U.S Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), recently announced that Texas Woman’s University is one of 97 organizations in the country selected to receive the 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund.

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.

“We are honored to have been selected, and look forward to supporting our veterans through sport and recreational activities,” said Dr. Ronald Davis, TWU kinesiology professor.

TWU’s program, Injured Veterans Entering Sport Training – or Project INVEST – will offer opportunities for injured veterans to play Paralympic sports and have their families join them in other recreational activities throughout the year.

“We especially want to reach out to the injured female veterans with this project,” Dr. Davis said.

For more information about Project INVEST and its programs, contact Dr. Davis at rdavis4@twu.edu, Michelle Enos at menos@twu.edu or Laura Jordan at ljordan@twu.edu.

Scott Blackmun, chief executive officer of the USOC, noted that, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the 20 veterans and service members on the U.S. team 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.”

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


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