New England Healing Sports Association Receives $32,000 Grant from The Hartford for New Adaptive Sports Equipment & Programming
By: New England Healing Sports Assoc
NEWBURY, N.H. - July 8, 2021 - PRLog -- New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA), a non-profit organization based in Newbury, NH, committed to creating opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities through the power of adaptive sports, was recently awarded a grant from The Hartford as part of its Ability Equipped® program.
The grant will enable NEHSA, a member of the Move United Network, to purchase a variety of adaptive hiking equipment so that the organization may introduce and implement a fully accessible year-round hiking program for individuals with disabilities. The equipment will include three Trail Riders, several pairs of snowshoes and trekking poles, crampons, safety equipment, backpacks, and more.
The Hartford will also surprise a group of local youth athletes with their own custom-fit sports equipment. The deserving athletes will receive snowshoes, trekking poles, and hiking essentials that will promote independence through sport and recreation
"Adding hiking to NEHSA's adaptive program offerings has been a long-time goal for the organization. Last fall, NEHSA piloted a very small hiking program, in an effort to support athletes through COVID-19. The Hartford's grant has now enabled us to provide fully accessible hiking opportunities all year long. This program would not be possible without the generosity and support from The Hartford and Move United," said NEHSA's Executive Director, Carly Bascom.
The Hartford has been an advocate for the adaptive sports movement and sponsor of athletes with disabilities for more than 25 years. As a leading provider of disability insurance, the company has a long-held belief that sports are an important part of physical rehabilitation following a disabling illness or injury. Created in 2019, The Hartford's Ability Equipped® program makes adaptive sports more accessible through equipment donations, a digital fitness platform -- Move United OnDemand -- and The Hartford Competition Series.
NEHSA will host a Hiking Kickoff Event on Wednesday, July 14th at the NEHSA Lodge located at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH. The event will run from 10:00am-12:00pm, with a program presentation and gifting ceremony to take place at 10:00am. The public is encouraged to attend to have the opportunity for hands-on experience with the adaptive hiking equipment.
About New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA)
Founded in 1972, NEHSA serves individuals and families through adaptive sports, promoting healing and accomplishment. NEHSA envisions a world with strong, supportive communities, providing full access to natural resources, an active lifestyle, and the highest possible level of independence.
As a chapter of Move United, NEHSA is proud to be a part of a national coalition of adaptive sports organizations dedicated to ensuring sport and recreation opportunities for all. Witness the triumph of the human spirit at www.nehsa.org.
About The Hartford
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About Move United
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United's 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community.
Move United, an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in 70 adaptive sports. Established in 1956, Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education, and competition that push people further, bring people closer and leave no one on the sidelines. Join our MOVEment at www.moveunitedsport.org.