“Promote rehabilitation of disabled military service veterans through adaptive sports. Participants are male and female veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments and neurological injuries”.
Advancements in physical medicine, technology and public awareness of disabilities have provided new opportunities for our disabled veterans. Veterans Adaptive Sports evolved to take advantage of these to develop programs based on competitive sports, leisure sports and recreational activities to rejuvenate and inspire disabled veterans to re-capture their lives. Veterans who suffer from disability and war related injuries not only deal with physical rehabilitation, but must also face their future with their disability. They face incredible challenges and programs such as this provide them an opportunity to find their lost confidence and self-esteem to become productive citizens and family members.
A number of programs and adaptive sports are supported. Two winter trips are planned annually which offers our disabled veterans the opportunity to attend ski sports clinics, one for new entrants and one for more experienced adaptive skiers. A summer trip is also planned each year to different venues to test our veterans skills and stamina while providing the special team experience, veterans helping each other.
Recreational therapy and adaptive sports are being planned to be offered all year long for our local veterans and for those veterans that are hospitalized and are receiving out patient services. These include: biking, sailing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and golf. Each sport serves to encourage our veterans to make their selected sport a part of their lifestyle, to stay healthy and maintain a purpose in their lives. In addition, Veterans Adaptive Sports sponsors our disabled veterans who have reached the level to compete in the many sports and competitions around the United States.
Our ultimate goal is to empower our disabled veterans in their daily lives to be healthy, achieve their maximum level of independence and have a positive enduring effect on self efficacy.
Veterans Adaptive Sports was started by volunteers experienced in physical medicine and therapy. The informal organization evolved over the last decade to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation partnering with many organizations in Palm Beach County to provide services to our disabled veterans. The goal each year is to increase the number of disabled veterans served, add new programs and seek participation from community and local businesses.
Veterans Adaptive Sports is an all volunteer enterprise comprised of an Advisory Council, all of whom are disabled veterans participating in all the programs and services. This approach maximizes the proportion of funds raised to be directed entirely to the services that rehabilitate and rejuvenate disabled veterans. This helps insure that no deserving veteran is ever turned away.
Thanks to our relationship with The First Tee (FTPB), all of our golf activities are conducted through an organization that originated in 1988 to serve young people with disabilities. They have expanded through through years to help and serve our young people and continue to provide services for the disabled, namely our disabled veterans.
The FTBP operates a 12-acre golf facility that includes a par 3 course and training facilities and uses equipment to permit the handicapped with a variety of disabilities to learn the game of golf and provide them a recurring recreational sport. Programs are taught by certified PGA and LPGA instructors.
Veterans Ocean Adventures (VOA) sponsors scuba diving for military Veterans and does so at no cost to the Veterans. VOA certifies (HSA) and provides Buddy Divers to dive with our certified disabled/adaptive divers. VAS provides the funding and supports the certification (PADI) of our disabled Veterans and VOA facilitates and manages the dive operations, most in open ocean waters off of South Florida and the Florida Keys.