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Boston Strong Adaptive Sports FAQs

Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through community sports, recreation and educational programs. 

Boston Strong Adaptive Sports  is a program of Disabled Sports USA that offers Boston Marathon survivors with permanent physical disabilities access to events or grants.

Frequently Asked Questions: A47A0747

Q: How can I attend a DSUSA chapter event or program?

Find an event or program you’re interested in participating. Contact Claire Duffy at cduffy@dsusa.org to register your interest.  DSUSA will contact and connect you with the DSUSA chapters to register you for the event and provide you all the information you need. You do not need to complete a grant application form for chapter events or programs.

Q: When can I apply for a grant?

You may apply anytime.  

Q: Does my disability qualify for this program? 

The priority of Disabled Sports USA’s  programs are to individuals with permanent physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury, amputation, traumatic brain injury, vision impairment, and nerve/muscle damage that permanently impedes function. 

Q: Can my care giver attend an event with me? 

Yes. A care giver may attend an event or program.

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Q: I am a beginner in my chosen sport– does this matter?

No. The purpose of the grant is to support Boston Marathon survivors  in their chosen sport, at their chosen level of activity, regardless of skill  level.

Q: What priorities are you looking for in an application?

In order to strengthen your application, be as complete as possible in answering each question. We want to know how our grant will positively impact your future athletic or fitness goals. Remember to show how you are training in the sport on an ongoing basis and tie any event requests back to this. We will fund event or program expenses that demonstrate your sufficient long term interest in the sport. 

Q: What should be in my report? 

Your written report does not need to be lengthy. If you participated in a competition (for example), we are interested in your results, whether you achieved your initial goal and how this experience has impacted your future goals. 

Q: What is a “partial grant award”?

We aim to strike a delicate balance between fulfilling grant requests and making as much of an impact as possible. If we paid 100% of every grant that was requested, we would have to severely limit the number of grants we award. By giving partial grants we are able to do the greatest good for the largest amount of people. If you are able to afford part of your grant request, please indicate it by checking the “partial grant” box on the application form.

Q: When will I be notified of whether or not I’ve received a grant?

All applicants will be notified of their grant status within 10 business days (2 weeks) of the application submission. Grantees will be provided with the appropriate paperwork to complete their grant reporting and will be sent Disabled Sports USA apparel to be worn during participation. 

Should you have any questions that need answering prior to completing your grant application, please contact:

Huayra Gomez-Garcia, hgomezgarcia@dsusa.org,  (240) 268-0864.

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