Oakland County Parks and Rec commission receives $20,000 donation to fund disabled veterans program

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission received a $20,000 Fueling Communities Grant from BP on June 8 to fund a new Disabled Veterans Sports Initiative. The check was presented by Barrick Enterprises, Inc., a local BP Branded Marketer, prior to a Nashville in the Neighborhood concert hosted by Detroit’s Country 99.5 WYCD at Independence Oaks County Park.

“We are excited to bring recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities through the Disabled Veterans Sports Initiative and the Paralympics Sport Clubs network,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said.

BP Fueling Community Grants are awarded as a means of giving back to local communities to support education, health, youth, food and housing.

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), has partnered with community organizations nationwide including Oakland County Parks and Recreation to create a network of Paralympic Sport Clubs. The community-based programs are designed to involve youth and adults with disabilities in sports and physical activities.

The donation will be utilized for events such as Summer Sensation on Aug. 4 at Independence Oaks County Park, a free event for disabled veterans which will include a barbecue lunch; fishing; pedal boating and pontoon boat rides; bicycle and hand cycling activities; games and inflatables bouncers.

For event details or to register, contact doreys@oakgov.com.

The donation also funds the Paralympic Experience Sports Expo in September 21, 2013 at Oakland University. The free event for disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities will feature Paralympic activities including a keynote speaker; hands-on sports clinics; team exhibitions; and resources for disabled veterans.

Upcoming sports clinics funded by the donation include fishing, archery, swimming, sit volleyball, and track and field.
Visit DestinationOakland.com for adaptive recreation programs or find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook.