Pineland Farms; VAST Program Awarded Coin of Excellencemore...
• Cycling (hand and recumbent)
• Nordic Pole Walking
• Cross-country Skiing
• Snow Shoeing
Learn a new activity or practice your skills with Army Veteran, Occupational Therapist, and two-time Olympic Biathlete, Kristina Sabasteanski.
Research shows that daily physical activity for people with disabilities results in reduced stress, depression and secondary medical conditions and increases self-esteem, education success, employment rates and quality of life.
U.S. Paralympics is partnering with community organizations across the country, such as the VAST program at Pineland Farms, to create a network of Paralympic Sports Clubs. Paralympic Sports Clubs are community-based programs developed to involve people with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. With 21 million physically disabled Americans, including thousands of military personnel who’ve sustained serious injuries while on active duty, this is an important community need.
Grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
AOTA (American OT Association) articlemore...
A congratulatory note from United States Senator Susan Collins!more...
Thanks to all who participated!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
5-Mile, Kids Run, and Adaptive WC or hand cycle Fun Race
WCSH video: VAST hosts Team Semper Fi
WGME video: Injured veterans learn to ski
WMTW video: Veterans ski and shoot in Wounded Soldier Biathlon
Portland Press Herald article: Wounded vets discover Maine cross-country skiing
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal article: Veterans gather for adaptive sports at Pineland