Nevada Department of Veteran Services to receive $46,000 federal grant for sports program
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved a $46,000 federal grant request by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services that will go toward an "Adaptive Sports Program" to be implemented in the City of Reno, the City of Las Vegas and the Sky Tavern Ski Academy.
These sports programs are community-based programs that provide therapeutic recreational services to allow disabled veterans and injured members of the military stay active and involved in their communities.
The Sky Tavern Ski Academy will be receiving $25,000 which will allow 50 disabled veterans and members of the armed services to participate in a four-day Winter Camp Program, at no cost to the participants. Activities will include adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding as well as time, NASTAR competitive-type racing. It will also provide disabled participants with all the equipment needed for snow sports as well as skiing or snowboarding. It also will pay program fees and supports a special van for transportation to and from Sky Tavern.
The City of Reno will get $16,000 for its Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department to host a minimum of 30 disabled veterans and injured service members for a multi-day, Military Sports Camp at no cost to the participants. It will feature adaptive and Paralymic Sports featuring a wide variety of activities to accommodate all skill levels from beginner to competitor, and the funding will pay for transportation, lodging, adaptive equipment and individualized instruction.
The City of Las Vegas will be receiving $3,000 to provide approximately 230 disabled veterans and injured military members with a Fishing Program, Fishing clinics, an Adaptive Swim Program and an Aquatic Therapy Program - all at no charge. the funding will also pay for fishing licenses, baits, poles, private swim instruction, private therapy instruction as well as Adaptive Membership Passes to three recreational centers and two municipal pools for six months.
The remaining $2,000 will be used to cover administrative costs.