Slippery Rock University has received a $500 Tommy Wilson Grant from the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. The grant – only three were awarded nationally – will be used to purchase adapted equipment supporting SRU’s “Kids in Action” and “Teen Rec” adapted physical activity programs for children with autism.
“We are so pleased to be making this contribution to Slippery Rock University’s adapted programs,” said Mariah Burton Nelson, AAPAR executive director.
SRU received the grant because of its leadership in adapted physical activity. The University of California at Long Beach and Northern Virginia Power Soccer association were the only other grant recipients.
The grant honors the memory of Tommy Wilson, who was born with cerebral palsy and died at 16 in 1974. His parents launched the grant in his memory. The AAPAR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is an association that promotes physical activity across the lifespan.
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