National​ ​Ability​ ​Center​ ​Awarded​ ​$75,000​ ​Grant​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Boeing​ ​Company - National Ability Center

National​ ​Ability​ ​Center​ ​Awarded​ ​$75,000​ ​Grant​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Boeing​ ​Company


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Grant will help continue programs and services provided to 1500 U.S. military service members and their families annually through Project Recovery and Rehabilitation

 

PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 2, 2017) – Today, the National Ability Center (NAC), a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals of differing abilities, physical and cognitive, through adaptive outdoor adventure and recreation and educational programs, announced the receipt of a $75,000 grant from Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company. The grant will help support the continuation of programs and services provided by the National Ability Center to 1,500 individuals annually, including transitioning U.S. service members and their families, through Project Recovery and Rehabilitation, a comprehensive collection of adaptive health and wellness programs for military service-related individuals.

 

“We are beyond grateful to be awarded this grant and to be working with Boeing, a global leader in their industry and a key component to military operations as a whole,” said Gail Barille. “The National Ability Center currently partners with more than 50 unique military groups including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Project Sanctuary, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Utah Air National Guard, University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies, Team Semper Fi, among others. Since 2012, the demand and resources needed by these organizations from the NAC has grown by an additional 180 percent. With this grant, the NAC will be better equipped to activate additional offerings and respond to the unique health and wellness needs of the greater U.S. military service community.”

 

As a leader in adaptive recreation in the U.S. with global reach, the National Ability Center is able to assist approximately 1,000 transitioning service members and 500 family members through more than 6,200 experiences on an annual basis. The NAC offers a wide range of individual and group programs for service members and their families, from single-day activities to seven-day retreats. Fueled by achieving a balanced and physically active lifestyle, all programs are designed to develop and strengthen independence and overall optimal wellness resulting in a healthy transition from military to civilian life.

 

Funds will also be allocated to one of National Ability Center’s most recent and successful collaborative projects with the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies (NCVS) in an effort to grow an intensive two-week program to treat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This pilot program provides evidence-based treatment for military service members living with PTSD and associated conditions in a non-traditional format that circumvents the stigmas associated with conventional mental health regimens. Findings state that 100 percent of the participants who have engaged in this synergistically shared program have displayed significant improvement in PTSD symptoms with over 76 percent of the population demonstrating complete recovery from PTSD.

 

“Boeing is inspired by the incredible work the NAC is doing in the military environment, and the entire adaptive arena,” said Chris Bray, Boeing Community Investor for Utah. “We are invested in making the NAC’s programs and ongoing resources for veterans and their families more readily available and look forward to seeing them expand these services.”

 

Upcoming events and celebrations for veterans and members of the military community include Saluting Our Heroes on Nov. 15 at Grand America in Salt Lake City, UT and Military Family Ski Day at Park City Mountain in Park City, UT on Dec. 22. To learn more about the military programs offered through the National Ability Center, email Katie Richens, Group and Military Program Manager, at katier@discovernac.org. For additional information about the National Ability Center, visit www.discovernac.org.

 

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About​ ​National​ ​Ability​ ​Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community-based adaptive sport and recreation programs in the country that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center serves 5,500 unique individuals through more than 35,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org.

 

About​ ​The​ ​Boeing​ ​Company

Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with our strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities. In 2017, Boeing and its employees contributed more than $167 million to improve communities across the globe.

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