Roswell to establish sports programs for veterans with disabilities

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ROSWELL, Ga. — The city of Roswell will soon be able to provide disabled veterans with opportunities to improve their health and quality of life thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The City’s Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department has been awarded a $21,080 VA Adaptive Sport Grant to create a Veteran’s Adaptive Softball League and Veteran’s Adaptive Cycling League, both of which will begin in spring 2018.

The Veteran’s Adaptive Softball League will be an eight-week program, accommodating 48 players (four teams of 12 players). Weekly practices and games will take place at the Roswell Rotary Dream Field, which was specially designed for adaptive recreation. The end of the season will culminate in a tournament.

The VA Adaptive Sport Grant funds will be used to pay for equipment, such as bats, balls, gloves and helmets, as well as two multi-sport wheelchairs and staff salaries. Veterans with any physical impairment are encouraged to participate.

The Veteran’s Adaptive Cycling League will be offered in partnership with Bike Roswell, Catalyst Sports and Roswell Bicycles and welcomes veterans with physical impairments to experience cycling on the City of Roswell’s extensive trail system twice a week for eight weeks. Grant funds will be used to purchase four adaptive handbikes, as well as specialized hand grips and helmets.


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