The grant will support DSUSA’s military sports rehabilitation programs that provide sports programs free to severely wounded service members and their families. This includes costs for transportation, special adaptive sports equipment, training from qualified adaptive sports instructors, lodging, meals and other costs. Specifically, the grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will fund sports rehabilitation programs at DSUSA chapters and military hospitals as well as provide vital training on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress to DSUSA chapters nationwide.
“We are thrilled to have the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s support to help our efforts to provide high quality sports rehabilitation to our injured military,” said Kirk Bauer, JD, executive director of DSUSA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. “These brave service members, who have made great sacrifices for this nation, deserve every opportunity to participate in sport rehabilitation programs. Participating in sports has been proven to be a highly effective way to rebuild their lives.“
Severely wounded participants in DSUSA’s sports rehabilitation programs include service members with single and multiple amputations, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury and significant nerve and/or muscle damage. To date, over 4,500 wounded service members, family members and hospital staff have been served. More than 20 different winter and summer sports are offered to wounded service members by DSUSA, including skiing, snowboarding, golf, kayaking, rafting, cycling, rock climbing, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, sailing, and extreme sports activities.
“It is with great anticipation and enthusiasm that we support Disabled Sports USA’s sports rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury awareness programs, especially within these highly populated military communities,” said René Bardorf, Executive Director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Furthermore, it is important to highlight DSUSA’s mission of helping service members develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. DSUSA’s impressive impact and ability to enrich the lives of wounded service members and their families through their exciting programs is extraordinary. We look forward to the continued success of DSUSA, as we together mission to help our injured service members discover fulfilling activity and meaningful relationships within their communities.”
The Bob Woodruff Foundation grant to DSUSA is part of its commitment to provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families, building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation’s injured heroes.
About the Bob Woodruff foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically. Through a public education movement called ReMIND.org, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war – especially the 1 in 5 service members with hidden injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat Stress, including Post Traumatic Stress, Depression and Anxiety – and empowers communities nationwide to take action. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested over $9 million, reaching more than 1,000,000 service members, support personnel, veterans and their families nationwide. To learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, click here.
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to rebuild their lives through sports, recreation and educational programs. DSUSA is a national multi-sport, multi-disability organization serving more than 60,000 youth and adults annually, providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitnessthrough participation in sports. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, DSUSA offers programs through its nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters operating in 38 states.