Dralla Foundation announced grant awards to Catalyst Sports, Friends of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Foundation, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), and STRIDE Adaptive Sports. The grants will go toward two adaptive mountain bike experiences, a Paralympic track and field experience, and an outdoor sled hockey event.
The adaptive mountain biking experiences will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greensboro, North Carolina. Participants will receive a comfortable, adaptive bicycle, a fellow participant, and four trained volunteers to accompany them on their ride through local mountain bike trails.
The Paralympic Track and Field Experience is a daylong event for youth, teen, and adult participants. Attendees, depending on their functional ability, will have the chance to try Paralympic track and field events including javelin, discus, and shotput, wheelchair and ambulatory track, long jump, and high jump. Other events will include conditioning sessions and a panel discussion with past and current Paralympic athletes, some of whom began their athletic training at GLASA. The second day of the clinic, Performance in Track and Field, will be by invitation only for participants who have an interest in training more competitively, with Paralympic competition as a possible goal.
The outdoor sled hockey event will take place near Albany, New York. Players will have the chance to play pond hockey in an outdoor tournament similar to the NHL’s outdoor Winter Classic game.
Dralla Foundation will begin accepting new grant applications in January 2022.