Central Cross Country Ski Association is Named as VA/USOC Grant Recipient

Funding to provide enhanced sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.     

MADISON, WI – Today U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) has been selected to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. More than $7.5M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 70 community organizations and National Governing Bodies around the country.

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Through this program, grants ranging from $13,000 to $500,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired Veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.

“We are very proud for being selected to receive this grant. CXC has been providing grassroots, recreational and high performance programming for the last 3 years to veterans with physical disabilities and visual impairment and introduced to the sport of Nordic skiing over 100 individuals every year. One of those veterans participated in 2014 Winter Paralympics Games in Sochi last month and couple more are working towards the next Paralympic Games in Korea in 2018.” commented Yuriy Gusev, CXC Executive and Athletic Director.

“This funding has allowed thousands of veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level,” said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Through the leadership at Veterans Affairs and within Congress, these funds have a tremendous impact on the availability of programs across the country, not to mention thousands of lives.”

Funds from this grant will be used towards grassroots program through VA Hospital in Milwaukee, community clinics, events and supporting training and competition for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces on the CXC Para Nordic Team.

Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity has a positive effect on the rehabilitation process, self-esteem, education, employment and overall health.

For more information about CXC and its adaprive program, please contact visit http://bit.ly/1jwlUS3.

Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) provides an organization which enables athletes, coaches and officials to achieve excellence in cross country skiing through: EDUCATION, COOPERATION, COMMUNICATION, and COMPETITION.

The 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.

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