US Military Endurance Sports Partners with the Given Limb FoundationPosted 20 Feb 2017 in News
February 20th, 2017, Boulder, CO
Together, the Given Limb Foundation and US Military Endurance Sports will impact the lives of wounded servicemembers by utilizing para-endurance sports as a catalyst to launching and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the future.
The Given Limb Foundation was created in 2007, “to help those who have ‘given limbs’ in service to our country, as well as others who have suffered from amputations or limb differences.” Since its founding, the Given Limb Foundation has remained committed to its mission and will collaborate with US Military Endurance Sports to maximize the benefits of endurance sports in improving the lives of those who have made an incredible sacrifice in service to our country and who function every day with adaptive limbs. According to Given Limb founder, Martha McDade, “We see US Military Endurance Sports as providing critical continuity for the adaptive sports programs we started years ago at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Center.”
US Military Endurance Sports is fulfilling its mission of developing healthy habits with our military members, veterans, and their families by pursuing programs that make exercise safe, enjoyable, and impactful. The USMES community of athletes from all levels, novice to elite, welcomes our amputee athletes as peers and teammates in a way that renews self-esteem and builds confidence. “Para endurance sporting activities have been shown to increase mobility, resiliency, and enhance quality of life,” said USMES Executive Director, Bill Jacobus. “The Given Limb Foundation partnership will allow USMES to reduce barriers of participation for our wounded military servicemembers.”
Given Limb Foundation Grant funds will go directly towards helping eligible members in paracycling and paratriathlon events throughout the 2017 season.
The 2017 events supported by this partnership include:
Paracycling: lodging, travel, and race registration for Paracycling Road Nationals and one additional USAC race of the athlete’s choice.
Paratriathlon: lodging, travel, and race registration for Paratriathlon National Championships and one other USAT race of the athlete’s choice.
USOC Paracyling Road & Track Camp: May 21st – 28th at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
For more information on the Given Limb Foundation, please follow this link: http://givenlimb.org
Please send questions related to USMES’ Para-athlete programs to David Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
The US Military Endurance Sports (USMES) program, a division of American Servicemembers Amateur Sports Inc. (ASAS), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization chartered to support amateur athletes, endurance sports education and activities for current, retired, and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about USMES, go to http://www.usmes.org.