The Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports and the IM ABLE Foundation receive a $70,000 grant from The Hartford
Local athlete surprises with custom-fit sports equipment
– PCAS Chief Executive Jeff McGinnis
WEST CHESTE, PA, USA, March 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports (PCAS) and the IM ABLE Foundation, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering life through adaptive sports, recently received grants totaling $70,000 from The Hartford.
The grants allow PCAS and IM ABLE, both based in southeastern Pennsylvania and members of the national Move United Network, to purchase customized exercise equipment, including custom handcycles, athletics and monoskis, to expand their existing inventory and better serve more people serve unique abilities.
In addition, The Hartford surprised Jessica Keogh from Chester County, PA with a custom recumbent bike. Keogh, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. As a special education teacher in the West Chester School District, she helps people meet their challenges and is also pursuing her master’s degree, focusing on ways to improve the education system for people with disabilities. This new adaptive recumbent will allow Keogh to experience the transformative power of the sport as she rides with her family and friends for years to come.
“Jessica is dedicated to empowering others and creating opportunity for people of all abilities. She is an inspiration when it comes to going beyond what is thought possible. I look forward to seeing all that she can continue to accomplish,” said PA State Senator Carolyn Comitta. “I thank The Hartford and Move United for their generosity, and PCAS and IM ABLE for their continued work to support and enhance everyone’s experience through the joy of adaptive sports.”
The Hartford has been inspiring human achievement through adaptive sports for nearly 30 years. As a leader in disability insurance, the company has seen firsthand the positive impact exercise can have on people and is committed to making adaptive sports and equipment more accessible. These include donating equipment to local athletic clubs across the country, raising awareness of sports equity in partnership with world-class athletes at Team Hartford, and hosting the Hartford’s Competition Series, five premier adaptive competitive sporting events.
“People with disabilities often do not have access to activities that promote healthy living. Our mission is to change that. The Hartford grant and support from Move United will allow us to expand our work in building inclusive communities. Our goal is to increase access to a healthy lifestyle for people with disabilities, particularly children and youth,” said Jeff McGinnis, Executive Director of PCAS.
“IM ABLE is incredibly grateful for The Hartford and Move United’s longstanding commitment to empowering athletes of all skill levels. This equipment will further expand our capacity to introduce even more people across the region to adaptive sports. More importantly, this equipment will help us give people the power and equipment they need to go places they never thought possible after a life-changing accident,” said Brian Sutherland, Director of Development for the IMABLE Foundation.