July 29, 2003
Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SECOND $20,000 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER REEVE
ROCK, Pa. – For the second consecutive year, the Christopher
Reeve Paralysis Foundation has awarded a grant to Slippery Rock
University to fund scholarships for five students with spinal cord
injury. The students are in SRU’s adapted physical activity
minor, a program that prepares graduates for work with children and
adults with mental and physical disabilities.
received a $20,000 “Quality of Life Grant” from the
Reeve Foundation for 2003-2004. The grant will fund the second year
of tuition for the five students. Last year, SRU received $23,265,
the second highest grant in the country.
Dr. Robert Arnhold, professor of exercise and rehabilitative
sciences, heads the adapted physical activity minor – the
only one of its kind in Pennsylvania.
this competitive grant for a second year is a real testimony to Dr.
Arnhold's commitment to, and success in, advocating for the
disabled,” Dr. Susan Hannam, chair of exercise and
rehabilitative sciences, said. “It also endorses the
strength of our adapted physical activity program. Because of
Dr. Arnhold's efforts, several spinal-injured students now have an
opportunity to attend SRU and be supported financially as they
complete their degrees.”
in the 24-credit minor work in a variety of settings, including
equestrian therapy, aquatics physical education and fitness. The
program builds leadership skills, advocacy and
Quality of Life Program was conceived by Dana Reeve, wife of the
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.