As a 2017 Next Generation Philanthropy grantee, Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation used the $8,000 they were awarded to expand their Adaptive Sports Program.

The Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program provides free recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities. The only program of its kind in Central California, the program is designed for youth up to age 21 with physical impairments and conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries. The program makes it possible for these youth to engage in activities like paddle sports, rock climbing, scuba diving, and water skiing.

With the grant from Next Generation Philanthropy, the Adaptive Sports Program purchased new equipment for their athletes, including an athletic wheelchair, life jackets, and paddle boards.

Grant Impact

  • 60 additional adaptive athletes were able to compete in adaptive sports activities for a positive, empowering experience. 
  • The Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program was able to increase its summer offerings for 2017 by adding a surf clinic, as well as an additional kayaking clinic.
  • Adaptive sports became more accessible and closer to home for many athletes thanks to the purchase of specialized equipment.  Eliminating the need to travel to further locations to rent equipment allowed athletes to participate in activities at private lakes in Porterville and at Millerton Lake and Lake Manzanita.
  • Wheelchair-bound athletes were able to participate in water sports at unprecedented levels.

Keep scrolling to view images of some of the youth athlete participants! Photos courtesy of Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation.

Breaking Barriers (and Records!)

A Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports athlete broke a world record during the 2017 Angel City Games. With new equipment from this grant, the program plans to train more competitive athletes.

This grant [from Next Generation Philanthropy] gave us the confidence to focus on growing our program.

Hannah Johnson

Development Officer, Valley Children's Healthcare Foundation