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USA Triathlon Named as VA/USOC Grant Recipient
Funding will support the organization’s growing paratriathlon military program
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), has announced that USA Paratriathlon, a program of USA Triathlon, has been selected to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. More than $7.5M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 70 community organizations and National Governing Bodies around the country.
Through this program, grants ranging from $13,000 to $500,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired Veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.
“USA Paratriathlon is thrilled to receive this grant funding again this year,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Program Manager. “Without the help of the U.S. Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, we would not be able to introduce the sport of paratriathlon, at the local level, to as many veteran athletes as well as help our veteran elite paratriathletes get to North American competitions to earn valuable World Rankings points.”
“Funding opportunities like these from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics allow us to create robust programming for our paratriathlon community that will have a lasting impact,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “We look forward to assisting those who have served our country by enabling them with a sport they can participate in for years to come.”
“This funding has allowed thousands of veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level,” said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Through the leadership at Veterans Affairs and within Congress, these funds have a tremendous impact on the availability of programs across the country, not to mention thousands of lives.”
With the grant funding, USA Paratriathlon aims to provide appropriate opportunities for all, whether it be to simply learn the requisite skills to swim, bike and run safely for recreation or to train and compete at an elite level with an objective to represent the U.S. at the Paralympic Games. The program is built on three fundamental pillars: to expose athletes to the sport through camps focusing on introductory concepts and skill development; enable pursuit of excellence through high performance support of those who show Paralympic potential; and pursue excellence of a strong USA Triathlon Military Program with expert leadership from the top down.
Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity has a positive effect on the rehabilitation process, self-esteem, education, employment and overall health.
The grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).