, Oct. 17, 2019
/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Disabled Sports USA
(DSUSA), a national leader in adaptive sports, announced today a national partnership with Citi through 2020 to help bring adaptive sports opportunities to people with disabilities in communities across the country.
Citi will provide funding to local DSUSA chapters and U.S. employees of Citi will volunteer to support community-based adaptive sports programs in 14 communities located in Arizona
, New York, Ohio and Texas
DSUSA was founded in 1967 and serves 60,000 individuals with disabilities each year. It offers programming in more than 50 adaptive sports through a nationwide network of 140 chapters in 43 states. As just one example, DSUSA runs Warfighter Sports, a program dedicated to serving wounded U.S. service members and veterans. Since 2003, Warfighter Sports has helped more than 15,000 wounded warriors and their families.
Individuals participating in DSUSA programming enjoy high levels of health, happiness and employment, according to an independent survey by Harris Interactive. Glenn Merry
, Executive Director of DSUSA, said, "We are delighted to work with Citi, joining together our efforts to make society more inclusive through sports. Adaptive sports allow people with disabilities to gain confidence and experience victories that lead to successes in all areas of life. Our motto reflects this focus: 'If I can do this, I can do anything!'"
, Managing Director of Global Sponsorships and Marketing at Citi, added, "Our national partnership with Disabled Sports USA
furthers our shared mission to help change perceptions of people with disabilities. By supporting DSUSA's efforts to bring adaptive sports to a greater number of individuals with disabilities, we are confident that people's perception of persons with disability and para sport will begin to change. DSUSA brings awareness to the life changing role sports can play in people's lives, while positively influencing lives and communities across the U.S."
Citi will be celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October by hosting a series of internal events focused on disability inclusion. Along with its partnership with DSUSA, Citi is an International Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) through 2020 and sponsors 18 National Paralympic Committees and 42 athletes.
To learn more about Citi's partnership with the IPC, visit citigroup.com/ipc.
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA
is a national charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam
veterans has since grown into one of the nation's largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth, and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA
offers programs in more than 50 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of 140 community-based chapters in 43 states. For more information, visit http://www.disabledsportsusa.org.
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SOURCE Disabled Sports USA