Partnerships to try, learn, and own adaptive sports equipment!
The Kelly Brush Foundation is forging partnerships with elite adaptive sports programs around the country to develop a better path from introduction to independence in sports. We are combining adaptive sports programs’ expertise in instruction and providing access to participation with our position as a resource for individual ownership of adaptive sports equipment.
Currently, we’re running pilot partnerships with the National Ability Center in Park City, UT and Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports in our backyard in Vermont.
More info about each partnership coming soon!
How it Works:
- The KBF purchases the adaptive sports program certain pieces of equipment.
- The program uses that equipment in their normal programming.
- A participant can apply to the KBF for a “Path2Active” equipment grant to own that equipment.
Who is Eligible:
- Individuals with paralysis cased by spinal cord injury or spina bifida.
- Individuals who can demonstrate a financial need.
What We Want to See:
- An individual who can demonstrate the desire and skill to use the equipment individually, who would be benefitted by owning it, and for whom the equipment is the right fit.
- If the best piece of equipment (either model or size) is not part of the fleet purchased by the KBF, the individual’s applicant will be included in either our normal fall or spring grant cycle, with preference given!
Why We’re Doing This:
- Adaptive sports programs are both the best way to get into a new sport AND the best people to teach and assess whether equipment is right for a specific individual. The biggest weakness in our normal grant application is that we don’t necessarily get the best snapshot of an applicant’s capabilities, desires, and skill. That’s what programs do best!
- We want to make the process from learning a sport to becoming independent as quick, smooth, and efficient as possible, much like how the able bodied community does it.