RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, May 7, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to commemorate a milestone year by launching a 15th Anniversary Annual Fund Campaign. Sportable will kick off the new campaign with the “15 Years, $10K, 5 Days” matching challenge through the generous support of Sportable athlete, Bill Sweeney, to directly and immediately benefit adaptive sports.
Should Sportable raise $10,000 in five days, May 11-15, the Sweeney will contribute a two-to-one match for up to $20,000, raising a grand total of $30,000, and marking the largest matching gift in the organization’s 15-year history. The gift is in memory of Bill’s mother, Peggy Sweeney, whose indomitable spirit is the inspiration behind this generous commitment. Donations can be made now at Sportable.org/Donate.
Bill chose to support Sportable and spur on others to do so as well because, “Sportable gives people the chance to live their lives, participate in sport and not be defined by their disabilities or confined by them.” He added, “very few organizations exist that can help change your belief in what’s possible… Sportable does it in a way that is universal and empowers not just the athletes, but can equally impact volunteers as well.”
The month of May marks two important milestones for Sportable. “It is the beginning of a new fiscal year, for one, as of May 1 with fresh goals and opportunities,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “This month also marks the 15th year that Sportable has been offering adaptive sports in the region.”
“The global coronavirus pandemic, however, has changed how we all go about our daily lives and has challenged any concept of business-as-usual,” he continued. “While the future is uncertain, there are many reasons to be grateful and look ahead with hope. We are grateful to Bill for his support of our newly launched 15th Anniversary Annual Fund and we invite you to join us in celebration of what has been made possible over the past 15 years, while looking toward a renewal of activities in the months to come.”
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Conceived by two Virginia Commonwealth University graduate students in 2005, Sportable was founded because they saw a need for organized adaptive sports in the RVA community—especially in the veteran population. As Certified Recreational Therapists working full-time at the VA Hospital, Kristen Lessig-Schenerlein and her colleague saw people every day with physical disabilities who did not have an outlet for recreation.
“I started Sportable with the belief that every person, regardless of physical limitations, should have the opportunity to take part in sports, whether for recreation or to excel in a particular sport,” said Kristen Lessig-Schenerlein, Sportable Co-Founder.
Today, Sportable’s revenues are 97 percent philanthropic, funded almost entirely through donations and grants. Serving as the organization’s largest and most important annual fundraising effort, 15th Anniversary Annual Fund gifts will provide critical unrestricted support and will directly impact the lives of hundreds of local residents. Gifts of any amount will make an immediate impact on Sportable’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive in the Greater Richmond area. To donate today, visit Sportable.com/donate.
Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. Sportable provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. Learn more at Sportable.org.