NASC Sports Legacy Fund Donates $27,000 to Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports
The NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $27,000 to benefit the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive sportstarted wheelchair and adaptive sports programs more than 40 years ago with a single tennis team. The program has grown tremendously, and now approximately 400 children and 300 adults participate in a variety of organized team sports, clinics and camps every year. The Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports program is designed for anyone age 7 or older who cannot participate in traditional sports in the typical way, whether they were born with their disability or are challenged as a result of an injury, accident or illness.
More than 100 NASC Members Help Clean Up Washington Park in Inaugural NASC Sports Legacy Fund Community Service Project
More than one hundred NASC members volunteered to help clean up
Washington Park, a Milwaukee County park, at the 23rd NASC Symposium in Milwaukee in April.
Volunteers built picnic tables, picked up trash, and spread mulch. The work the volunteers did in a few hours would have taken staffers weeks to do.
“There’s hundreds of volunteer hours with this group, and it really helps us be able to get kind of a jump start because now the grass is starting to grow, and we’re going to need to be out here mowing, prepping the ball diamonds, soccer games, all that sort of thing so it really kind of gives us a head start,” said Guy Smith with Milwaukee County Parks.
The NASC Sports Legacy Committee chose Washington Park as the location for its first ever community service project based on its size, location, and the community it serves.
This whole group that we are here together with is all about giving back throughout our communities in our own parks and our own destinations, so when we come to a city like this we find a way to give back, and this is one of our ways to do that,” said volunteer Mike Anderson.
Due to its tremendous success, the Sports Legacy Committee will continue to coordinate a community service project in conjunction with the Symposium each year. Check back soon for details on the location of the next project.