Mar 8, 2012 2:47 PM by Greg Boyce

Therapeutic Riding program to continue

The City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program has received $31,000 in grant funding to continue the program for injured service members and veterans in Colorado Springs; $11,000 from the United States Olympic Committee‘s U.S. Paralympics division through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and $20,000 from the National Recreation and Park Association Return & Restore program, a partnership between U.S. Paralympics and NRPA.

"The TR Program has been fortunate to be recipients of these grants. Over the years we have been thrilled to witness changes in physical activity and self-confidence through participation in program activities of biathlon, adaptive cycling, and adaptive sports. We look forward to continuing to grow our programming to benefit disabled service members in our community by implementing additional activities of archery, "Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies", and more adaptive sports. We've seen firsthand the transformation of injured service members that can happen through sport and physical activity, from overall improved health, to adjustment to disability and maximizing individuals' abilities, to transitioning back into the local community," said Diane Ridderhoff, TR Program Supervisor.

The City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program was officially designated a Paralympic Sport Club in July 2008 by U.S. Paralympics. As a Paralympic Sport Club, the Therapeutic Recreation Program provides club sport programs, Paralympic Academies, and sport clinics. For more information, click here.




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