(Published March 6, 2007, 4:26 p.m.)
A program that teaches those with physical disabilities to sail has recently received support from the Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF).
The foundation recently announced that the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance, together with the Delavan Lake Sailing School (DLSS) and UW-Whitewater has been awarded a $3,950 Quality of Life grant.
Disabled sailors took part in a program last summer on Delavan Lake out of the Delavan Lake Sailing School. The participants came primarily from UW-Whitewater.
The CRF awarded a total of $717,404 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofit organizations around the world. Since 1999, when the Quality of Life program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve as a way for the CRF to help improve the day-to-day health and well-being of those living with paralysis, 1,163 grants totaling $9,220,980 have been awarded.
"The Christopher Reeve Foundation is proud to carry on Christopher and Dana Reeve's amazing legacy and make a real difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families and communities," Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the CRF was quoted as saying in a news release. "Our Quality of Life guarantees help thousands of individuals Go Forward to lead happier-and healthier-lives."
The Quality of Life grant is just the beginning of the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance's efforts to develop funds for its program. The $3,950 will allow the alliance to purchase two boat lifts. The alliance also hopes to obtain additional equipment to help support the program. In order to do this, the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance is looking for more donations. These tax deductible donations of cash or equipment can be made to DLSS.
"It is exciting to receive national recognition after three years of developing the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance," Richard Beers, member of the DLSS, said. Barbara Jones, UW-Whitewater assistant chancellor of student affairs, added, "Adaptive sailing brings together the DLSS and UW-Whitewater with an opportunity to teach a recreational activity that will bring a lifetime of enjoyment and enhanced quality of life. It is also a sport that offers people with disabilities the opportunity to participate and compete with the able-bodied population."
CRF Quality of Life grants are awarded twice annually to programs or projects that improve the well-being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Awarded in 13 categories that span everything from health promotion to employment to sports and recreation, Quality of Life grants address many aspects of life, and are given to programs across the globe. For more information about the Quality of Life Program or the grant application process, please contact the Quality of Life department at 1-800-225-0292 or visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org for a complete list of the Quality of Life grant recipients.
The Christopher 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.
The Delavan Lake Sailing School (DLSS) of Delavan, Wis., in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has created the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance to encourage participation in adaptive sailing, to learn to sail and competitive sailing programs. It is designed to introduce students to sailing and provide them with the skills and knowledge to enjoy this life long sport. For more information on DLSS, please visit www.dlyc.com. For more information on UW-Whitewater, please visit www.uww.edu.