A consistent initiative of the NWSF is the continued support to grassroots instructional programs. An extension of these programs are community based demonstrations supported by the NWSF in its efforts to expose as many people as possible to the opportunity to participate in a wheelchair sports activity.
The NWSF has given travel grants to athletes to attend the USTA National Hardcourt Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Atlanta, the USTA National Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Championships in St. Louis, the ROHO/PTR Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Hilton Head, and the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in San Diego. Additionally the NWSF provided funding to send two junior wheelchair tennis players and a coach to represent the United States at the prestigious Les Petit As tournament in Tarbes, France.
In addition, the NWSF has also provided new players to the sport of wheelchair tennis with special sports wheelchairs to help them adjust to the game quicker, and provided seasoned athletes from around the United States with funds to help purchase state of the art wheelchairs to assist them achieve a world class ranking.
Perhaps as important as providing opportunities for participants in wheelchair sports, the NWSF supports and helps train disabled men and women to become sports instructors and coaches. This initiative has a direct effect on the number of disabled men, women and children the NWSF can reach and provide programming for throughout the United States.
It is widely recognizable that wheelchair sports brings about positive results in the physical, mental, emotional and social dimension of one’s life. This becomes apparent when basic rehabilitation objectives are met and life enrichment becomes a primary concern.
The NWSF continues to reach out to those who want to engage themselves as a participant, coach or sponsor in wheelchair sports -- knowing, "athletes are athletes, no matter how they compete."
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