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Home » CRI Receives $5,500 Grant From Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation For Their Para & Military Rowing Programs

CRI Receives $5,500 Grant From Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation For Their Para & Military Rowing Programs

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Boston, MA – (September 6, 2016)

– Community Rowing, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received a $5,500 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 79 grants totaling over $575,704 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,700 grants totaling over $20 million since 1999.  

Community Rowing, Inc. will use the grant for theirPara and Military Rowing Programs, which work to enhance the quality of life for youth, adults, and military Veterans with physical and cognitive disabilities by giving them the opportunity to fully participate in the sport of rowing.  Specifically, they will implement a new intake process for athletes that will help to increase safety and learning for participants. In 2015, CRI served 382 individuals in their para rowing programs and an additional 1,170 in their Military Rowing Program. Twenty-three of these individuals had some type of paralysis causing disability.

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Bruce H. Smith, Executive Director of Community Rowing said, “We are so thrilled to have the support of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Our Military and Para Rowing programs provide opportunities for physical activity, stress relief, and camaraderie for hundreds of individuals and veterans with disabilities each year. This program simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of organizations like the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and we simply cannot thank them enough for their generosity.”  

Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. In this particular grant cycle, the grantee review board awarded a significant number of grants in medically underserved areas for modification projects, animal service programs and veteran programs.

“Accessibility modifications and service animals help create greater independence both in home and public settings, which is key to increase inclusion in the community.” said Donna Valente, Director of Quality of Life Grants. “By supporting these types of programs in underserved areas, we are able to remove barriers to independent living for individuals living with disabilities and their families.”

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with paralysis caused by injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The grants support innovative initiatives that aim to increase quality of life by improving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement, and increasing independence. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation,and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-539-7309.

About Community Rowing, Inc.

Under the banner of "Rowing for All," Community Rowing makes rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience. We aim to enrich lives and our local community by providing access to the sport of rowing and its profound emotional, social, and physical benefits. While providing access to the sport for the public is CRI's overarching goal, our passion remains delivering rowing to groups who traditionally have been denied access, such as urban youth, military veterans, and individuals with disabilities. For more information, please visit CRI’s website at or call 617-779-8264.

Caitlin Mance
Community Rowing, Inc.

Rita Gentles
(973) 379-2690 ext. 7123


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