EA Therapeutic Health receives $200K grant for wheelchairs, equipment

(ABC 6 News) – EA Therapeutic Health in Rochester announced they have received a 2-year, $200,000 grant to help expand their Adaptive Sports Program, which provides athletes with financially accessible leisure and fitness opportunities.

The grant is from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the largest private funder of spinal chord injury research, rehabilitation, clinical training, and programmatic support in the United States and Canada.

The funding will help the nonprofit organization’s Adaptive Sports Program allowing them to expand their current wheelchair basketball and adaptive wheelchair strength and conditioning program. EA says the money will be used toward accessible fitness equipment, increasing volunteer opportunities, and to rent gym spaces.

“This ongoing show of support from the Craig H. Neilson Foundation is pivotal in continuing our work to increase access to adaptive sports and recreation opportunities,” said Melanie Brennan, EA Founder and CEO, “children, teens, and adults who rely on a wheelchair for daily mobility need creative, functional, and accessible ways to stay active. This programming is just that!”

This news comes almost a month after a trailer was stolen from the EA property on Thanksgiving Day that contained equipment for their wheelchair basketball program. The trailer was found about a week later in Dodge County with the equipment still housed inside. No arrests have been made.

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To learn more about EA’s adaptive sport and recreation opportunities, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, CLICK HERE.