Frazier Rehab Institute to benefit from federal grant from Veterans Administration
Louisville, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2016) – The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received federal grant funding for programming at Frazier Rehab Institute, also part of KentuckyOne Health, that will help local veterans.
Through the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, Frazier Rehab Institute has received $63,000 from the Veterans Administration (VA) to launch its “Veteran Soldier Adapted Sports Camps” project. This is the first Federal grant Frazier Rehab has received from the Veterans Administration.
The VA’s Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities available to disabled veterans. In partnership with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, Frazier Rehab Institute will host two sports camps in Louisville and Bowling Green from May to August 2017. The camps will offer competitive, recreational activities to veterans suffering from spinal cord injury.
“We are humbly honored to receive this award and to be able to create a fun and rewarding experience for the veterans in our communities,” said Jill Farmer, manager, Recreation Therapy and Adapted Sport Programs, Frazier Rehab Institute. “We look forward to working with the other organizations to create sustainable recreation and adapted sport programs in an effort to provide healthier choices within our Commonwealth.”
Service members who were active and physically fit prior to their injuries may struggle with their new identity as a person with a disability. The camps will provide veteran athletes with the opportunity to receive instruction in various adapted sports under the guidance of trained and qualified instructors. The camp will be directed by Jill Farmer, Manager of Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Sports at Frazier Rehab Institute, and BJ Levis with Louisville Metro Parks Adapted Sports and Leisure Services.
“Veterans who become disabled during their service are owed everything we have to ease their transition to a happy, healthy, rewarding life,” said Seve Ghose, director, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation. “It is our honor to provide programming that helps them achieve that goal.”
“It is a tremendous honor for Bowling Green Parks and Recreation to be included with Frazier Rehab Institute and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation within the VA’s grant to launch the “Veteran Soldier Adapted Sports Camps” project,” said Brent Belcher, director of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation. “The mission of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is to offer comprehensive recreational opportunities for our diverse community. This grant will allow us to better fulfill that mission by expanding our department’s reach. We are excited about the opportunities this grant will create for the city of Bowling Green.”