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Roswell Starts Veterans' Adaptive Sports Programs

The City of Roswell will soon be able to provide veterans with disabilities with opportunities to improve their health and quality of life thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The City’s Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department has been awarded a $21,080 VA Adaptive Sport Grant to create a Veteran’s Adaptive Softball League and Veteran’s Adaptive Cycling League, both of which will begin in spring 2018.

“We are honored to be able to provide adaptive sport opportunities to veterans in our community, and we’re grateful to the VA for providing this important funding to help us bring these programs to fruition,” said Jeff Pruitt, Interim Director of the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department. “Over the past several years, the City of Roswell has built a robust and inclusive adaptive recreation program so that everyone in our community—regardless of physical ability—is empowered to let go of any perceived limitations, enjoy activity, forge lasting friendships, and know that they are a valued part of our community. We are thrilled to be able to now expand these programs to veterans with disabilities.”

The Veteran’s Adaptive Softball League will be an eight-week program, accommodating 48 players (four teams of 12 players). Weekly practices and games will take place at the Roswell Rotary Dream Field, which was specially designed for adaptive recreation. The end of the season will culminate in a tournament. The VA Adaptive Sport Grant funds will be used to pay for equipment, such as bats, balls, gloves, and helmets, as well as two multi-sport wheelchairs and staff salaries. Veterans with any impairment are encouraged to participate.

The Veteran’s Adaptive Cycling League will be offered in partnership with Bike Roswell, Catalyst Sports, and Roswell Bicycles and welcomes veterans with physical impairments to experience cycling on the City of Roswell’s extensive trail system twice a week for eight weeks. Grant funds will be used to purchase four adaptive handbikes, as well as specialized hand grips and helmets.

To learn more about the City of Roswell’s adaptive programs for veterans, contact Will Crook or Jessica Leonard, Adaptive Recreation Specialists, at wcrook@roswellgov.com or jleonard01@roswellgov.com.



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