Grant helps Roswell form softball, cycling teams for disabled veterans

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Grant helps Roswell form softball, cycling teams for disabled veterans

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A grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will allow Roswell to form adaptive softball and cycling programs for disabled veterans.

The department of recreation, parks, historic and cultural affairs in Roswell has been awarded a grant of $21,080 by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

And the city in north Fulton County is going to put that money towards fun and inclusive programs for veterans.

Launching in spring of 2018, Roswell will be able to offer an adaptive softball league and an adaptive cycling league for veterans with disabilities.



“Over the past several years, the City of Roswell has built a robust and inclusive adaptive recreation program so that everyone in our community, regardless of physical ability, is empowered to let go of any perceived limitations, enjoy activity, forge lasting friendships, and know that they are a valued part of our community,” Jeff Pruitt, Interim Director of the department for Roswell, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to now expand these programs to veterans with disabilities.”

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

The funds from the grant 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 impairment are encouraged to participate, the city said.



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 Roswell’s trail system twice a week for eight weeks. Grant funds will be used to purchase four adaptive hand bikes, as well as specialized hand grips and helmets. 

To learn more about the City of Roswell’s adaptive programs for veterans, contact Will Crook or Jessica Leonard, Adaptive Recreation Specialists, at wcrook@roswellgov.com or jleonard01@roswellgov.com.


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