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Grants

Quality of Life Grants: 2nd Cycle 2010: Actively Achieving

Quality of Life Grant Winner

4 Paws for Ability, Inc. Military/Veterans
Xenia, OH
$10,000

This Quality of Life grant will support a project targeted specifically at United States service men and women returning wounded from duty in Iraq or Afghanistan that have sustained mobility impairments, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and limb loss.

Visit their website at www.4pawsforability.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Abilities!
Albertson, NY
$2,983

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Friday Night Recreation program, where students in grades 4 through 12 at the Henry Viscardi School stay to play wheelchair sports (hockey, football, basketball); go to special interest clubs (computer, cooking, etc.); and play on the wheelchair accessible playground.

Visit their website at www.abilitiesonline.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Able Flight, Inc.
Chapel Hill, NC
$8,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Purdue University Training Program 2011. Able Flight and Purdue University's Department of Aviation technology will continue a joint training partnership in 2011 based on a successful program established in 2010.

Visit their website at www.ableflight.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Achieving Wheelchair Equality, Inc.
North Charleston, SC
$7,400

This Quality of Life grant will enable development of outdoor sports and recreational programming to augment the base services presently offered (wheelchair basketball, Cooper River Bridge Run, peer support, etc.)

Visit their website at www.awelws.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte, Inc.
Crested Butte, CO
$7,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support and sustain the All-Inclusive Mountain Bike Initiative, and will help to underwrite the purchase of two adaptive downhill mountain bikes for the program.

Visit their website at www.adaptivesports.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Albert Einstein Medical Center

Philadelphia, PA
$4,600

The Quality of Life grant will help to support expansion of Fitness for Life, a supervised physical fitness program for persons living with spinal cord injury.

Visit their website at www.einstein.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Amazement Square
Lynchburg, VA
$4,800

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Everyone is Special program, offered in collaboration with LAUREL Regional School, which serves students ages 4 through 21 who are severely and profoundly physically and mentally handicapped.

Visit their website at www.amazementsquare.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

American DanceWheels Foundation, Inc. Military/Veterans
Bala Cynwyd, PA
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will support the So You Think You Can't Dance? Wounded Veterans Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dance Program, geared to veterans with spinal cord injuries and their able-bodied partners.

Visit their website at www.americandancewheels.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Anchors Away Program Military/Veterans
Charleston, SC
$7,800

This Quality of Life grant will help to support partnerships with Veterans Affairs in Washington DC, local Veterans Administration Hospitals, Wounded Warriors, and Disabled Sports USA, to offer veterans of mixed abilities and their families a broad range of opportunities to participate in recreational activities, including adaptive water skiing, kayaking, fishing and sailing voyages aboard different vessels.

Visit their website at www.anchorsawayprogram.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
Phoenix, AZ
$25,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the creation of the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for People with Disabilities, a 45,000 square-foot sports and fitness center (SPOFIT) currently being constructed that features two full-size basketball/rugby courts, an accessible running track, a 7,000 square-foot fitness center with fully accessible exercise equipment, and an aquatics center.

Visit their website at www.abil.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

ArtStream, Inc. Military/Veterans
Silver Spring, MD
$6,250

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Allies in the Arts: ArtStream's Artists-in-Residence Project with Wounded Warriors and Their Families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Visit their website at www.art-stream.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Assistance Dogs of the West
Santa Fe, NM
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will support the Client Placement Process, including an intensive 2-week Client Placement Training program, which matches highly trained assistance dogs with individuals with paralysis.

Visit their website at www.assistancedogsofthewest.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Bethune Theatredanse
Los Angeles, CA
$4,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Bethune II - Dance Concert and Dramatic Arts Gala, a full-length work created and supervised by Lead Choreographer-Director Zina Bethune.

Visit their website at www.bethunetheatredanse.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

BlazeSports Tampa Bay Military/Veterans
Tampa, FL
$7,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Strong Dogs Wheelchair Basketball team, based out of Tampa, Florida and managed by Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, Hillsborogh County Parks Recreation and Conservation Department, and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Visit their website at www.tampabaystrongdogs.blogspot.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
White Plains, NY
$6,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of one Ness L-300 Wireless Foot Drop System, a device that employs functional electrical stimulation (F.E.S.) to muscles to help accelerate rehabilitation therapy.

Visit their website at www.burke.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Therapy Horse Maintenance Project, which will offset the costs incurred for the purchase of necessary horse feed, vitamins, minerals and pharmaceuticals for a twelve-month period.

Visit their website at www.camelot-th.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Camp Aldersgate
Little Rock, AR
$2,847

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the 2011 Camp Aldersgate Spina Bifida Camp, which will offer 45 to 50 children, ages 6 to 18, an opportunity to participate in a week-long camping experience tailored specifically to children with spina bifida.

Visit their website at www.campaldersgate.net.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis
(formerly The Heuga Center)

Edwards, CO
$5,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Can Do MS, a program that empowers people to move beyond their multiple sclerosis by giving them the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, actively co-manage their disease, and live their best lives.

Visit their website at www.mscando.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Canine Companions for Independence
Northeast Region

Medford, NY
$6,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite two pieces of specialized equipment that will be used by clients during their two-week Team Training on-site training sessions at the Northeast Campus, which offers on-site living accommodations for students.

Visit their website at www.cci.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills, Inc.
Boyne City, MI
$8,333

This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to provide area marinas at Northern Michigan waterways with Sure Hands dock-to-boat lifts, enabling individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility to access the adaptive sailing activities offered at the abundant lakes of the region.

Visit their website at www.challengemtn.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Community Opportunities, Inc.
Carroll, IA
$13,500

This grant will help to support the construction of Head Start Playground, a totally accessible playground for children ages infant to five years old.

Visit their website at www.newopp.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Community Rowing Military/Veterans
Brighton, MA
$3,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Rowing Program, which provides on-water rowing classes held two evenings per week in the spring, summer and fall, that are complemented with indoor rowing classes, weight training sessions, and competitions offered during the winter months.

Visit their website at www.communityrowing.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Courage Center Military/Veterans
Minneapolis, MN
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Project Liberty, which will provide adapted individual and competitive team sports and recreation opportunities for veterans with disabilities and their families--resulting in greater health, strength and improved self-image.

Visit their website at www.courage.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Military/Veterans
Mammoth Lakes, CA
$6,450

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of the Adaptive Cycling Program to include adaptive mountain biking.

Visit their website at www.disabledsportseasternsierra.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Disabled Sports USA, Challenged Athletes of West Virginia
Snowshoe, WV
$3,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to upgrade winter and summer adaptive equipment, including the addition the following equipment: one Freedom Factory Revolution Pro Comp RPCSS adult mono ski; one bi-unique child's bi-ski; and one Top End XLT handcycle.

Visit their website at www.cawvsports.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Fairness in Youth Sports, Inc.
West Hartford, CT
$2,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of The Miracle League of Greater Hartford Baseball Field.

Visit their website at www.westhartfordlittleleague.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

GoodLife Mobility
Palo Alto, CA
$18,370

This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project to create an Electric Powered and Steerable Surfboard Engineered for Paralyzed Surfers.

Visit their website at www.GoodLifeMobility.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Lake Forest, IL
$8,760

This Quality of Life grant will help to support a Power Soccer Team for Individuals Using Power Chairs.

Visit their website at www.glasa.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Kenton Action Plan:
Harper’s Playground Project
c/o North Portland Community Works

Portland, OR
$5,369

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Harper's Playground, a project that will start with a single totally accessible neighborhood park.

Visit their website at www.harpersplayground.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Keysor School PTO
Kirkwood, MO
$6,744

This Quality of Life grant will support Project IDEA (Imagination -- Discovery -- Exploration -- Adventure), an Integrated accessible natural playground and multi-purpose outdoor learning center.

Visit their website at www.kirkwoodschools.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Kostopolus Dream Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
$7,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Summer Camp: Therapeutic Recreation Programs for People with Paralysis, which offers 11 one-week residential summer camps and 7 one-week travel trip adventures that serve individuals with disabilities.

Visit their website at www.campk.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Passport to the World of the Performing Arts, which widens access to the arts for children with disabilities by inviting them to experience high-quality performances and educational activities at Lincoln Center at absolutely no charge.

Visit their website at www.lincolncenter.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
$4,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Wheelchair Sports Program, which supports 57 wheelchair athletes in the sports of rugby, basketball, tennis and soccer.

Visit their website at www.mageerehab.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Meeting Street Center
Providence, RI
$10,720

This Quality of Life grant will help to support MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience) for Meeting Street Students.

Visit their website at www.meetingstreet.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, Inc. (MANE)
Pike Road, AL
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Horses and Hope -- Helping MANE Tack Up and Take Off! at this North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Premier Accredited Center.

Visit their website at www.maneweb.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

National Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Southern California Chapter

Los Angeles, CA
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Optimal Wellness Programs for Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Visit their website at www.nationalmssociety.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Newport County YMCA
Middletown, RI
$6,900

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Krankcycles for Adapted Physical Activity Program.

Visit their website at www.newportymca.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

NYU Hospitals Center
MS Center at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

New York, NY
$7,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Initiative for Women with Disabilities Young Women's Program in Sports and Fitness, which will provide specialized exercise, fitness, and wellness programs for young women, ages 14 through 21 with physical disabilities.

Visit their website at www.med.nyu.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Pattison's D R E A M Academy
Mount Pleasant, SC
$12,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support a therapeutic riding program for students of Pattison's Academy, which serves children with a variety of paralysis-causing diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, Dandy Walker syndrome, and mitochondrial myopathy.

Visit their website at www.pattisonsacademy.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Paws’itive Teams, Inc.
San Diego, CA
$3,400

This Quality of Life grant will support the Service Dog Training program, which carefully selects and trains puppies to become service dogs to be matched with individuals with disabilities; with the ultimate goal that the partnership provides greater independence.

Visit their website at www.pawsteams.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Pennsylvania State University Military/Veterans
University Park, PA
$12,500

This Quality of Life grant will support the Disability Recreation Program’s Wounded Warriors Workshops and Clinics for Inclusive Recreation for Wounded and Disabled Active Duty Soldiers, which will provide hands-on workshops and clinics for recreation managers who work with wounded and disabled active duty soldiers.

Visit their website at www.athletics.psu.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Power Soccer Tampa, Inc.
Safety Harbor, FL
$2,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Tampa Thunder, which is committed to bringing the sport of power wheelchair soccer to the people who are disabled in the community.

Visit their website at www.powersoccertampa.net.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Row New York
Long Island City, NY
$3,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Rowing Program, which serves individuals with disabilities in New York City.

Visit their website at www.rownewyork.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Salem Classical Fencing
Salem, OR
$1,529

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Wheelchair Fencing program. People living with paralysis will be taught how to fence while seated by providing basic fencing equipment, instruction, and coaching to youth and adults.

Visit their website at www.salemclassicalfencing.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Shane’s Inspiration
Van Nuys, CA
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Together, We Are Able, an innovative social inclusion program that fosters respect and understanding for people of all abilities.

Visit their website at www.shanesinspiration.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Sitrin Foundation Military/Veterans
New Hartford, NY
$2,200

This Quality of Life grant will support Becoming a Biathlete: Cross-Country Skiing and (Target) Shooting.

Visit their website at www.sitrin.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL)
Rochester, MN
$3,774

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Ski Program, which provides opportunities for children and adults with all types of disabilities to enjoy outdoor winter recreation.

Visit their website at www.semcil.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, MA
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Exercise for Persons with Disabilities Program (ExPD).

Visit their website at www.spauldingrehab.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Spina Bifida Association of Texas
San Antonio, TX
$8,200

This Quality of Life grant will support the Lunch Bunch, a monthly exercise and nutrition program for children with disabilities and their families.

Visit their website at www.sbatx.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Stirrups N Strides Therapeutic Riding Center
Citra, FL
$11,300

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Fostering Self-Sufficiency for Riders by Improving Facilities, Specialized Equipment and Expanding Scholarships.

Visit their website at www.stirrupsnstrides.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

The Seton Fund on behalf of the Brain and Spine Center Military/Veterans
at University Medical Center Brakenridge

Austin, TX
$3,800

This Quality of Life grant will help to integrate an Adapted Handcycling Program into the ongoing Adapted Sports Program to help youths and adults with disabilities in the Central Texas area improve their level of cardiovascular fitness.

Visit their website at www.setonfund.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

United States Adaptive Recreation Center
Big Bear Lake, CA
$8,200

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Equipment and Therapeutic Recreation program.

Visit their website at www.usarc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

University of Illinois
Chicago, IL
$5,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support the project Increasing Access to the Bodies of Work Disability Arts and Culture Series, comprising special events designed to educate and engage individuals with disabilities and the community-at-large in strategic activities to advance participation in the creative process, including exhibition events, festivals, and artist residencies.

Visit their website at www.ahs.uic.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

We Care Arts
Kettering, OH
$2,500

This Quality of Life grant will help to support ArtWORK, a program that teaches people with disabilities marketable art skills while helping them to attain a level of personal independence.

Visit their website at www.wecarearts.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
$6,565

This Quality of Life grant will help to support Full Integration at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, which will provide specialized fitness equipment and instruction to members with paralysis.

Visit their website at www.grymca.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Young Dance, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
$8,000

This Quality of Life grant will help to support All Abilities Dancing, an initiative to build physically integrated programming into the fabric of the organization.

Visit their website at www.youngdance.org.
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