Stand Up And Play
Vets-Help is pleased to announce a change to our recent initiative “The Stand Up and Play Challenge”. We are working with new partners and have expanded our whole adaptive sports programs. The scope is now encompassing many other sports, both extreme and tame, and we are holding meetings this month to confirm new venues that will be exclusive to Vets-Help and their partners.
We are initiating the program here in the USA in 2010, beginning in New York and Florida and expanding throughout the United States, where traumatically injured veterans and other disabled people are encouraged to learn to work through their disability to participate in sports supervised by specially trained teachers.
We are working in several areas, the first including our golf program with special wheelchairs especially designed to allow certain disabled people to literally stand up. There are many health benefits besides the tremendous emotional lift of being outside and developing a new hobby. They include easing circulation problems and sores, strengthening the muscles otherwise not being used, deterring limb atrophy, and resisting bone related issues due to non-use. The wheelchair can also be used for work-related activities, so the user is not confined to just one level, but can stand and work as well.