National Wheelchair Basketball Association Receives $1,200 Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Will Support Youth Division of 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- (March 11, 2014) -- The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is proud to announce that it has received a $1,200 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 102 grants totaling over $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,307 grants totaling over $17 million since 1999.
The NWBA will use the grant to help boost youth participation in the 2014 National Tournament. Specifically, funds from the Quality of Life Grant will help supply equipment for over 45 teams in the youth division of the tournament.
“We are thrilled to be chosen by the Reeve Foundation for this award,” enthuses Amy Lawicki, Development Director for the NWBA. “The Quality of Life grant stands for everything we believe in at the NWBA, and the foundation’s support for our youth division is invaluable to us.”
“In the pursuit to achieve greater independence for individuals living with paralysis, the Reeve Foundation is honored to provide Quality of Life grants to organizations that support the paralysis community nationwide,” said Niketa Sheth, Senior Vice President of Quality of Life, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Each organization selected for a grant provides stellar curriculum or service that empowers, educates and reinvigorates people living with paralysis. We are proud to raise awareness and fund these pioneering programs that aim to improve the freedom and well-being of our community.”
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #U59DD000838).
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. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation,and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award No. U59DD000838. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.
About the National Wheelchair Basketball Association
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the non-profit disabled sport organization that oversees wheelchair basketball in the United States. Founded in 1948, the NWBA today is comprised of more than 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. For more information, visit www.nwba.org .
Randy Schubert, Executive Director
National Wheelchair Basketball Association
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation