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Casper Biathlon Group Receives National Grant

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Today U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that Casper Mountain Biathlon Club has been selected to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. More than $7.5M in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 70 community organizations and National Governing Bodies around the country.

Through this program, grants ranging from $13,000 to $500,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired Veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.

Casper Mountain Biathlon Club was awarded $25.000 for its adaptive military biathlon program. As the only Paralympic Sport Club in Wyoming and one of only a few programs in the country offering adaptive biathlon. The biathlon is an adaptive sport and can be a tool for healing and transition after receiving a life altering injury.

Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC said,

“This funding has allowed thousands of veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sport at the community level, the leadership at Veterans Affairs and within Congress,through these funds have a tremendous impact on the availability of programs across the country, not to mention thousands of lives.”

Casper Mountain Biathlon Club will host a summer and winter adaptive biathlon camp specifically for injured or disabled veterans and active military members. The camps are offered at no charge to participants. Funds will be used to offset the cost of hosting the camp, purchase program equipment and to pay expenses for participants traveling from outside the Casper area. Funds will also be used for outreach to veterans in Wyoming for the purpose of introducing biathlon and Paralympic Sport.

For more information about Casper Mountain Biathlon Club, please contact Cathy Rosser at 307-215-4054 or email info@caspermountainbiathlonclub.org

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