Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRF Spotlight

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRF Spotlight

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AS PART of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation's program benefitting atrisk youths. This month features programs from Texas, Colorado, and Illinois.

* Camp For All Grant--$30,605.

The grant is in its third year of funding in order to enhance Houston-based Camp For Ali's ropes challenge course which remains the only universally designed challenge course in the country. Camp For all is a unique, barrier-free camp working in partnership with other nonprofits to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs, as well as their families throughout the year. It includes a fully accessible camping and retreat facility that has been serving children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses since 1938 while continuing to provide approximately 68 percent of the cost for each camper to attend. The success of the enhancement of the ropes course will both directly benefit the participants as well as serving as a model which other institutions in the special needs camping industry can replicate.

* Colorado UpLift/Model Replication Training Center Grant--$50,000.

Colorado UpLift has been serving the Denver metropolitan area since 1982, working to build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. The program teaches youth character values, life skills, enhances their own leadership abilities, and provides them with an opportunity to develop their teamwork skills. …

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