VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VAPAHCS Receives the 2012 Paralympics Amazing Salute Award
May 30, 2012 - VA Palo Alto Health Care System is the recipient of the 2012 Paralympic Amazing Salute Award and the first VA to receive this award. It was presented at this year's Amazing Paralympic Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs in front of about 300 VA and Paralympics Sports Club participants.
“We are thrilled to receive this award on behalf of VAPAHCS,” said Caroline Wyman, Chief, Recreation Therapy Service. “Without the support of leadership, Recreation Therapy Service would not have been able to develop, promote and implement many of the innovative adaptive sports programs that exist here, as well as the many programs we have with community partners. I’m also very proud of our dedicated staff, who work tirelessly seven days a week. Our recreation and creative arts therapists are passionate and committed to providing quality programs to the Veterans they serve.”
According to the conference program: “This award is for an organization that has made amazing contributions to injured military personnel. The Paralympic Movement returns to its roots by recognizing those who are providing amazing services to injured members of our Armed Forces through the promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles.”
“Recreation therapy staff have been instrumental in implementing adaptive sports over the last 40 plus years,” said Alisa Krinsky, Supervisor, Recreation Therapy Service. “Innovative programs include equine therapeutic riding, cycling, kayaking, quad rugby, power soccer, archery, skiing, yoga, aquatics, strength and conditioning, rowing, bowling, surfing and rock climbing."
“All of these adaptive sports are treatment based, clinically driven and Veteran centered,” Krinsky said. “Further down the road to recovery, Veterans engage in sports for recreation participation. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Recreation Therapy Service is grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from our community partners and volunteers.”