Department of Community and Recreation Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
703-324-5641, TTY 711, Fax 703-222-9792
Media Contact: Patricia L. McClenic, Public Information Officer
January 26, 2010
CRS Receives Grant to Support
Community-Based Physical Recreation Opportunities Injured Service
The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) has been awarded a $12,000 grant for a program that will utilize veterans from past wars to serve as mentors for military personnel who have been injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The injured military personnel and their mentors will participate in physical activities throughout Fairfax County.
The grant was awarded from the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2009 USOC Paralympic Grant Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). CRS is one of only 12 agencies in 10 states across the country that received a grant this year to expand local community programs and opportunities for injured military personnel. For this project, CRS is partnering with the American Legion Post 162 of Lorton, the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Fort Belvoir’s Warrior in Transition Unit and Soldier & Family Assistance Center and the Fairfax County Park Authority
In making its selection, NRPA placed decision-making emphasis on agencies with an already established community need for more military-inclusion programs, as well as those that could provide daily physical-activity programming for injured service members. Currently, more than 35,000 of the 21 million physically disabled Americans are military personnel who have been injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.
To receive more information about this program, please contact Evan Braff, CRS division supervisor, at (703) 324-5650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all
county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable
accommodations upon request.
To request special accommodations call 703-324-4FUN (4386), TTY 711. Please allow ten working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.