EDD Adaptive Sports made grants to three local organizations that offer specialized sports instruction for athletes with disabilities. The grants, totaling $6,500, will help individuals with disabilities in Central NY to improve their skills or learn a new sport. The mission of EDD Adaptive Sports (formerly EDD Memorial Fund) is to share the joy of sports with athletes with disabilities.
Athelas Therapeutic Riding received a grant to support their 2021 horseback riding lesson program. The combination of PATH certified instructors and gentle horses at Athelas Therapeutic Riding create an ideal learning environment for their riders. EDD Adaptive Sports has partnered with Athelas since 2012, and there is significant cross-over between their participants.
The 10th Eric D. Dettenrieder Race Camp in Windham, NY is a 3-day intensive training opportunity in mid-February for intermediate and advanced skiers. The Adaptive Sports Foundation has partnered with EDD Adaptive Sports for more than 20 years to increase competitive skiing options for skiers with disabilities.
Otsego Area Rowing (OAR) has a mission to help people of all ages discover their ability to move a shell through the water. Together, OAR and EDD Adaptive Sports have developed an adaptive rowing program that has gained enthusiastic support from athletes and volunteers alike.
“The adaptive rowing program here on Lake Otsego is the most rewarding activity undertaken by OAR,” said OAR Treasurer Langhorne Keith. The grant from EDD Adaptive Sports will support adaptive rowing lessons and equipment for the 2021 season.
About EDD Adaptive Sports:
EDD Adaptive Sports, formerly known as the Eric D. Dettenrieder Memorial Fund, is a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Their goal is for kids and adults with disabilities to experience freedom, independence and adventure through participation in sports. Their motto is, “If I can do this, I can do anything!” EDD Adaptive Sports partners with Hartwick College, SUNY Delhi and SUNY Morrisville to offer team and lifetime sport programs like biking, fitness, kickball and pickleball in Central New York. College student volunteers assist at many programs. Since 1998, more than 4,325 individuals with disabilities have benefited from EDD programs. EDD Adaptive Sports is a chapter of Move United.