Jan. 5, 2005
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PARALYSIS FOUNDATION’S SUPPORT OF SRU
WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
-- An award of $15,000 marks the third consecutive year the
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has provided a grant to
support Slippery Rock University’s efforts at improving the
lives of those with spinal cord injury.
Quality of Life grant will support health and wellness workshops
beginning when SRU hosts the 2005 National Women’s Wheelchair
Basketball Tournament Feb. 26-28, and continuing throughout the
provide physical activity, health, wellness and sport competition
tips targeting girls and young women with spinal cord injury, as
well as young men, said Dr. Robert Arnhold, coordinator of
SRU’s adapted physical activity minor. He also directs
SRU’s Center on Disability and Health, which will spearhead
SRU students will also lead workshops
at local high schools and health agencies.
In 2003 and 2004, the
foundation gave SRU $23,265 and $20,000 tuition grants,
respectively, for students with spinal cord injury who enroll in
the adapted physical activity minor. The latest project utilizes
three Christopher Reeve scholars to serve as mentors to those with
similar disabilities by leading the workshops.
“This puts our students in a
leadership role,” Arnhold said. “We will be able to
accomplish a great deal.”
Variety of applications
in the 27-credit adapted physical activity minor work in a variety
of settings, including equestrian therapy, aquatics physical
education and fitness. The program builds leadership skills,
advocacy and professionalism, Arnhold said.
Quality of Life Program was conceived by Dana Reeve, wife of the
late actor, to support programs that improve the daily lives of
people living with disabilities, especially spinal cord injuries.
The foundation is based in Springfield, N.J.
best known for playing the role of Superman, fractured his spine in
a 1995 equestrian accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. He
later formed the foundation in his name and became a tireless
advocate for spinal cord research. He died in
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