The Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) Foundation recently received a $55,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for the basketball program of Team St. Luke’s (TSL) Adaptive Sports.
As the only adaptive sports team within 300 miles of Spokane, the TSL adaptive basketball program runs October through April with varsity, junior varsity and youth team’s that compete locally, regionally and nationally during their season. These competitions provide TSL athletes with an avenue to seek college scholarship opportunities, develop social/life skills and stay physically fit.
This grant will provide the necessary funds needed to purchase specialized adaptive sports equipment, opportunities for competitions, recruitment and community awareness.
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation awards grants to a broad spectrum of charities benefiting spinal cord injury (SCI) research and rehabilitation. Funding provided by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation specifically supports youth living with SCI. The goal is to help youth develop valuable life skills, pursue higher educational scholarships, maintain fitness and health, and help them reach their dreams to achieve success.
Ray Neilsen, son of Craig H. Neilsen, shares these thoughts about his dad, "My dad inspired us daily with the courage, determination and dignity that he demonstrated in living with a spinal cord injury for the past 21 years. He has left a lasting impact on the lives of so many others through his generosity and community spirit."
The need for such programs in a growing field for athletes with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities will continue in the Inland Northwest thanks to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
Team St. Luke’s is a program of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center and the community. Other INHS services include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.inhs.org.