Newman’s Own Foundation Awards Grant to CHD

SPRINGFIELD — The Newman’s Own Foundation has awarded Center for Human Development (CHD) Disability Resources a $15,000 grant that will be used to expand program activities and buy new equipment.

This is the second year in a row the Newman’s Own Foundation has given the CHD program such an award. Last year’s grant, also for $15,000, was used to buy six new sport wheelchairs. This year’s grant will be used to buy equipment to start a power-wheelchair soccer team, buy a new high-performance hand cycle and three new sport wheelchairs, and pay the fee for the Western Mass Knights adult sled-hockey team to join the New England Sled Hockey League.

“It’s extremely exciting that the Newman’s Own Foundation picked us twice in a row,” said CHD Disability Resources Program Director Nancy Bazanchuk. “The grant will allow our program to grow and continue to serve people with multiple abilities in our community.”

CHD Disability Resources provide daily, year-round competitive sports and recreational activities for more than 600 children and adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments throughout Western Mass. and Northern Conn. every year, such as wheelchair basketball and soccer, sled hockey, golf, bowling, swimming, junior sports, dance, cycling, and social outings.

For more information, contact Bazanchuk at (413) 788-9695 or nbazanchuk@chd.org, or visit www.chd.org/disabilityresources.

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