Adaptive Sports USA Announces 2016 IWAS Under 23 World Games Team USA

Submitted By: Adaptive Sports USA

Adaptive Sports USA will once again take a team to the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Under 23 World Games! Athletes from around the world will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Fencing, and Wheelchair Tennis in Prague, Czech Republic, June 29 - July 3, 2016. Adaptive Sports USA is excited to announce the athletes that will represent the United States of America in track and field!

The 2016 IWAS Under 23 World Games team will include the following:
1.    Ethan Burkhart - Libertyville, IL
2.    Abby Farrell - Colorado Springs, CO
3.    Katrina Gerhard - Acton, MA
4.    Miguel Jimenez-Vergara - Ewing, NJ
5.    Brian Nelson - Lake Villa, IL
6.    Stella McMillan - Chicago, IL
7.    Daniel Velasquez - San Antonio, TX

Team USA Staff
•    Team Leader: Denise Hutchins
•    Field Coach: Laurel Voss
•    Track Coach: Richard Voss

For more information on the 2016 IWAS Under23 World Games, visit

Tags: Adaptive Sports, Disability Issues, Track & Field, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Tennis


Submitted By: The Third Half / streetfootballworld

US soccer fans captivated by ‘the beautiful game’ can now experience first-hand the famous power of the sport to break down barriers, unite communities and tackle critical social challenges with the launch of a new social enterprise called ‘the third half’.

The third half designs adventure soccer tours to destinations like Lesotho, Brazil and Costa Rica where travelers are hosted by local non-profits using the sport to help disadvantaged children. As part of the emerging sector of Benefit Corporations (often known as B-corps) that includes brands like Patagonia, Warby Parker, Etsy and Ben & Jerry’s, profits from every trip are invested directly into the local host organizations.

“For many Americans soccer can be a unique way to experience the world” said third half CEO German Arguelles. “The last few years have seen a tremendous increase in both the sports and responsible tourism sectors and the third half gives you the chance to do both at the same time. Soccer is often called ‘the world’s only common language’ and this is about promoting global citizenship and sustainable business”.

The brainchild of an innovative new collaboration between one of the USA’s most successful soccer travel companies and the world’s leading network of ‘Soccer for Good’ organizations, the third half uses the medium of the global game to create a ‘level playing field’ between the visitors and their hosts.
“In disadvantaged communities all over the world, local organizations have figured out how to use soccer to address issues like gender inequality, homelessness, gang violence, HIV and Aids, you name it’ said Mike Geddes, COO of the third half. “But most of them rely on charity donations and handouts just to survive. With the third half we’re creating a path towards sustainable revenue using the tools they know best, as well as educating a new generation of soccer fans on global development issues”.

Steve Fleming, co-founder of Kick4Life, a social impact organization and third half destination host in Lesotho, agrees: “We aim to generate income from a diverse range of sources and the third half will allow us to earn income through a sustainable business as well as creating a whole new community of fans and supporters for Kick4Life. We can’t wait to welcome visitors who want to see the power of soccer to change lives in Africa”.

Travelers will be able to choose from a range of options depending on preferred location, level of soccer skill, age and dates of travel. Each tour is managed by international travel experts and local community leaders who design a fun, safe and inclusive sporting, cultural and educational experience.

For more information visit

Tags: Football (Soccer), social enterprise, travel,


Submitted By: Figure Skating in Harlem

(New York, NY) February 8, 2016 — Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) will honor legendary actress and activist Cicely Tyson and Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White at its 11th Annual Skating with the Stars Gala.  The benefit event will be held at 583 Park Avenue on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 6:00pm. The evening will celebrate Figure Skating in Harlem’s one-of-a-kind education, health, and leadership programs for underserved girls while offering guests the rare opportunity to dance and mingle with some of the country’s figure skating royalty including Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Sarah Hughes, Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Paul Wylie, Tim Goebel, JoJo Starbuck, and 2016 National Champions Maia & Alex Shibutani and Adam Rippon. (Skaters subject to change.) There will also be a special performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem in tribute to the honorees.

Tracie and Scott Hamilton and Michelle Kwan will serve as this year’s Honorary Chairs; Ellen Lowey, Tina and Terry Lundgren, and Diana Taylor are among the Gala Chairs. Mary Wilson of The Supremes will once again host the event.

“This unique evening brings together New Yorkers who believe in the importance of empowering girls to become strong leaders through a combination of sports, arts, and education. Honoring a trailblazer like Cicely Tyson who was born and raised in Harlem shines a light on all the potential that can be unlocked when opportunity meets talent, intelligence, and hard work,” said Sharon Cohen, Founder of Figure Skating in Harlem and a 2014 CNN Hero.

Now in its 19th year, Figure Skating in Harlem remains the first and only organization in the country that combines the power of education with the grace and discipline of figure skating to transform the lives of underserved girls. Through its unique programming, FSH provides NYC girls with innovative skating and education programs that promote academic success, physical health, and emotional well-being. Recent graduates of the program have gone on to Brown University, Boston College, Howard University and others.  The proceeds from this year’s gala will help launch a new STEM program and fuel a plan for expansion beyond New York; with the help of Davis and White, FSHs expansion to Detroit,  Michigan, is currently underway.  

Sponsors of the Skating with the Stars Gala include American Express, Amway, Conde Nast, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, and Sean John, among others.  Tickets to the gala, which include cocktails, dinner, and dancing, start at $1,300. Sponsorship packages start at $5,000. All tickets are available online at or by calling (646) 679-3765.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Niederhoffer (917) 699-2939 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tags: New York, Figure Skating, Community, Education, Children & Youth, Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Sarah Hughes, Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Paul Wylie, Tim Goebel, JoJo Starbuck, Maia & Alex Shibutani, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Adam Rippon

The Notah Begay III Foundation Awards $240,000 in Community Action Grants

Submitted By: The Notah Begay III Foundation

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (February 15, 2016) The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F)’s national program, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is pleased to announce its 2016 Community Action Grantees. The NB3 Foundation is awarding four grants to Native American tribes and native-led organizations working to improve the health and wellness of our children and communities. 

“Complimenting our existing grant opportunities, the Community Action Grant focuses on interventions and strategies that go beyond programming and look at the structural and systemic challenges in addressing childhood obesity.” said Olivia Roanhorse, Director of Native Strong. “These grants will support Native communities interested in understanding how institutions, such as schools, can adopt healthy practices and policies to improve the health of their children.” 

The Community Action Grantees are:  

*    Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) – Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) Youth Leadership & Training Project, Minnesota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to ensure that Native youth play a leadership role in creating a social environment that promotes physical activity and healthy nutrition, and the MAIC’s new Healthy Beverage Policy.
*    Lower Sioux Indian Community – Making The Healthy Choice The Easy Choice In The Lower Sioux Community!, Minnesota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to create a community environment that supports easy access to healthy food choices and further connects community members to healthy and indigenous foods. This will be done by increasing access to healthier food, advocating tribal policy adoption for healthy food options, and creating environmental space for a sustainable community driven healthy foods market.
*    Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate – Sisseton Wahapeton Oyate NB3 Partnership, South Dakota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to promote community systemic change through a collective impact model that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices by decreasing the portion size and food waste, increasing physical activity opportunities for youth, and creating a comprehensive community plan for wellness and weight reduction.
*    Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation – Food Sovereignty: A Systemic Approach to Long Term Solutions to End Childhood Diabetes and Obesity, $60,000: The goal of this project is to address the rising rates of obesity and diabetes in Lakota children by creating a small demonstration farm that provides education and training to children and families about healthy food production and consumption. They will work with the Lakota Food Sovereignty coalition to create policy recommendations to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council.

All of these projects reflect the importance of community-driven efforts in reducing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes among Native American children and their families. These grants are made possible through support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

About the Notah Begay III Foundation
The NB3 Foundation is the only national Native American nonprofit organization solely dedicated to reversing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. NB3 Foundation is setting a national standard for investing in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities.

Since its launch in 2005, NB3 Foundation has grown its reputation and track record in Indian Country in the areas of grant making, research, evaluation, direct programming and policy advocacy. NB3 Foundation invests in and works closely with grassroots, Native-led organizations across the country that are exploring promising new practices, expanding proven methods, conducting community-based research, and evaluating impact.

Tags: Golf, Children & Youth, Health, Education, Community, New Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota

Adaptive Sports USA: New Name, Same Mission

Submitted By: Adaptive Sports USA

On January 1st, 2016, Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA introduced the new name and brand of the national organization as Adaptive Sports USA. Founded in 1956 as the National Wheelchair Athletic Association (NWAA), the organization has now progressed to serving as a comprehensive competitive sports organization for individuals of all ages with physical disabilities.

Adaptive Sports USA focuses on the sports of archery, athletics (track and field), powerlifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis. An infrastructure is in place to support each sport through a National Technical Committee or National Governing Body representative as well as a  regional representative per sport covering eastern, central and western states. These representatives have expertise in coaching and/or program and event development and are available to assist the chapter member, athletes, and the general public.

Additional information about Adaptive Sports USA can be found on the new web site at

Tags: Adaptive Sports, Disability Issues, Wheelchair, Veterans, Amputee, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired