Sportable, United Spinal Create Emergency Support Program

RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, April 15, 2020) – Sportable, one of the only adaptive sports clubs in Central Virginia, and United Spinal Association of Virginia have collaborated to create an Emergency Support Program. Through the generous support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Neilsen Emergency Support Grant, Sportable and the United Spinal Association of Virginia will offer emergency relief for members from both organizations who are living with spinal cord injuries or disease (SCI/D).

“Sportable is thrilled to partner with United Spinal Association of Virginia to offer emergency support to the nearly 500 individuals with SCI/D that our organizations reach,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “While our programs are offline, this is a fantastic way for us to continue to support our members and their caretakers to help relieve the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with our friends at the United Spinal Association of Virginia, and for the financial support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that is making this program possible.”

“In these unprecedented times, our mission of supporting the SCI/D population is more important than ever before,” stated Richard Bagby, Executive Director for the United Spinal Association of Virginia. “Being able to assist our members with securing resources is vital and important work. We are fortunate to have great partners like Sportable and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that are making this work possible in such uncertain times.”

Individuals with SCI are not only in a high risk group for the virus, but also for other health issues and the disruption of daily life, including the ability to access essential services and supplies. Many of these needs are immediate, and some may have a significant long-term impact.

Sportable and United Spinal Association of Virginia team members and volunteers will procure food, household supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), personal hygiene supplies, and other necessities while implementing contact-free home delivery. These services will be available at no cost to eligible participants.

Businesses that have access to the aforementioned items and are interested in helping support this effort through donations or allowing these items to be purchased in bulk, please contact Wendy Bondeson at wendy@sportable.org or 804.340.2991.

Individuals with SCI should visit Sportable.org where they will find more information about this program that will serve as an application. Requests will be fulfilled on a highest-need basis. For more information about the Emergency Support Program, please contact Wendy Bondeson at wendy@sportable.org, or all 804.340.2991.

About Sportable
Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. Sportable provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. Sportable’s revenues are ninety-seven percent philanthropic and we rely heavily on your donations to further our mission. Please consider donating today at Sportable.org/Donate.

About United Spinal Association of Virginia
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, United Spinal Association of Virginia is committed to supporting and providing resources for people with SCI/D and assist them in achieving their highest level of health, independence and quality of life. We educate the newly injured, families, public officials, community leaders, and citizens to the needs of persons with spinal cord injury and disease, and the importance of creating an environment of greater independence for all. We offer a variety of services and a wealth of knowledge towards unlocking the door for active living with SCI. Learn more at UnitedSpinalVA.org.