[tabi] T.C.C. grant for disabled adults

  • From: "Tinetta Cooper" <lilheart@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 08:37:44 -0400

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Bailey" <kg4bnp@xxxxxxxxx>

To: "Tinnetta Cooper" <Lilheart@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 7:40 AM
Subject: t.c.c. grant for disabled adults

PRESS RELEASE from wctv6.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 14, 2010) — A $34,037 grant has been awarded to Tallahassee Community College by the Florida Department of Education’s Division
of Vocational Rehabilitation  to provide therapeutic recreation and active
leisure activities for adults with disabilities in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla

The project will be implemented through TCC by the nonprofit Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA). Funding is made possible by an appropriation from
the Florida Legislature.
The program’s goals are to improve stamina and muscle strength, reduce anxiety
and depression, promote general feelings  of well-being and encourage
participation in the community.

The project is the latest in a long history of collaborative efforts between TCC and FDOA, which was founded in 1990 by David Jones, a TCC graduate who had been severely injured in a hunting accident. After extensive rehabilitation, Jones established the association and its annual event, SportsAbility—held at TCC, Ochlockonee River State Park and Miracle Field at Messer Park—to provide
others  with access to the recreational opportunities that he credits with
helping him regain his place in society.

"I came back home to my TCC family to see if we could go forward together to provide active recreation activities for people with disabilities," Jones said. Active recreation and leisure activities help people with disabilities enter the workforce by promoting wellness, increasing stamina and reducing secondary
health conditions. For  instance, a person with diabetes may well avoid the
amputation of a limb  through therapeutic recreation. By the same token, the
program enhances mental and emotional wellness and promotes social involvement. "People who can overcome the barriers to recreation can develop the esteem to attack the workforce," said Jones. "The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is all about active leisure, quality of life and being part of the community." Since 1995, TCC has supported SportsAbility by co-hosting and contributing to
the event while the College’s faculty,  staff and students have served as
volunteers. Jones has served as a director of the TCC Alumni Association and
has been honored as a  distinguished alumnus of the College.

Individuals interested in participating in this year’s project may contact FDOA at (850) 201-2944, extension 3 or info@xxxxxxxxx FDOA’s offices are located at
2475 Apalachee Parkway,  Suite 205, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Please visit
www.FDOA.org to learn more about participating in the program or to register
online for the  SportsAbility event.
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