Our Mission and Vision - Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Every day, we work hard to pursue our vision that “every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community.”Our Purpose - Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”Our Strength - Our unique structure as a community-based chapter network allows Disabled Sports USA to reach people across the country, through a grassroots approach that supports local chapters in identifying the needs of the communities they serve.Our Impact - Each year through our nationwide network, we serve over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults through a nationwide network of over 120 community-based chapters in more than 40 states nationwide. Over 50 different sports are offered, including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, scuba, surfing, rafting, outrigger canoeing, fishing, hiking, golf, athletics, archery, cycling, running/wheeling, rock climbing, equestrian and others.
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“LIFE IS NOT ABOUT FINDING
YOURSELF. IT’S ABOUT
Since she was a little girl, Carrie Davis
knew she was unique. Born without
her left arm, she often wondered “Why
me?” She longed to be known for her
contributions, not what she was missing.
A prosthetic wearer since she was nine
months old and long-time Hanger Clinic
patient, today Carrie is the face and
personality of Amputee Empowerment
Partners, the leading peer-to-peer support
network for those living with limb loss or
difference. Carrie finds the answer to
“Why me?” through helping others.
In 740+ clinics throughout the U.S.,
Hanger Clinic delivers orthotic and
prosthetic solutions to help more than
1,000,000 patients like Carrie turn their
hopes and dreams into reality, break down
barriers and move their lives forward.
To find a Hanger Clinic near you, call
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