The City’s Paralympic Sport Club sponsored a day of sports activities Tuesday, April 21, in Sacramento for wounded veterans or active military personnel. The Northern California Regional Paralympic Sport Club program comprising clubs from Menlo Park, Reno, Silicon Valley, Bay Area and Mammoth Lakes are joining forces to offer the free event.
The clubs offer cycling, wheelchair softball and basketball, shot put, discus, javelin, powerlifting, scuba, strength training and conditioning, archery and rock climbing to thank the injured vets and military members for their service. At least 50 military participants and 150 spectators attended the event.
“To all the members of the United States Armed Forces: On behalf of the City of Sacramento, we want to thank you for your service.This yearly event is a small token of appreciation of the sacrifices you have made to secure and defend the rights and freedoms of the United States of America. And for that, we salute you,” said City Council Member and retired Lt. Col. Larry Carr.
The City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation, Access Leisure Section, is one of only five programs in the country that serve as a regional liaison for the United States Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division. The program is one of 69 grant recipients for the United States Department of Veterans affairs, Adaptive Sports Grant program. This year, the City received a grant of nearly $67,000 to enhance and enrich the lives of injured, ill and wounded veterans through sports and recreation.