LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Mayo Clinic Health System awards $195,000 to several organizations to help promote activities for people with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Mayo announced its Inclusive Health and Recreation Awards on Thursday afternoon. Awards ranged from $500 to $70,000.
“It can be challenging for individuals with disabilities to be as physically and socially active as they desire,” says Teri Wildt, Director of Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin. “In making these funds available, we hope to promote greater engagement of all people in our communities. We want health and well-being to be attainable for everyone.”
Here’s a list, provided by Mayo Clinic Health System, of the award recipients:
· Aptiv – $5,000
o Donation will help give youth the opportunity to participate in activities in the community and will help offset transportation costs.
· City of La Crosse Park, Recreation & Forestry Department – $25,000
o Donation will be used for construction and installation of a low profile launch pier that will allow those with physical disabilities and the general public to launch a boat, canoe or kayak.
· EveryBody Can Dance – $500
o EveryBody Can Dance provides two dance parties each year for people of all abilities, including the general public. Donation will be used to help offset the cost of a dance party which provides four hours of music, door prizes and food for those that attend.
· HorseSense for Special Riders, Inc. – $20,000
o Donation will be used to purchase equipment for a new pasture to allow HorseSense to expand their herd of horses and accommodate more clients.
· La Crescent Lions Club – $13,000
o Donation will be used to build an inclusive playground at Veterans Park in La Crescent.
· La Crosse Area Family YMCA – $3,300
o Donation will be used to provide sensory objects, toys, games, floating devices and assistive technology to aid in swimming lessons for adapted swimmers.
· La Crosse Public Education Foundation – $28,788
o Donation will be used to purchase 12 sport wheelchairs for unified education classes.
· North American Squirrel Association (NASA) of Holmen – $10,000
o Donation will be used to purchase an Action Trackchair. These chairs allow people with limited mobility to participate in activities such as hunting, class field trips, community events, etc.
· North American Squirrel Association (NASA) of Holmen – $7,500
o Donation will be used towards the purchase of a tandem bike and adaptive snow skiing equipment. Bikes will be available for people to check out through NASA to use for the day. Adaptive snow skiing equipment will allow individuals the opportunity to ski upright.
· North American Squirrel Association (NASA) of Tomah – $70,000
o Donation will be used to build an inclusive park with adaptive equipment on the shore of Lake Tomah.
· The Parenting Place – $10,000
o Donation will be used for Braden’s Library to purchase equipment and supplies for the special needs library at The Parenting Place.
· UW-La Crosse and the Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity – $2,051.21
o Donation will be used to purchase equipment for physical activity programs for youth and adults with disabilities.