Strengthening and Expanding the USA Wheelchair Football League and Veteran Outreach Ambassador Program
Move United, a nationwide network of 120-plus community-based chapters operating in 42 states, provides disabled individuals independence and confidence through sports and educational programs. In 2020 Move United launched the first ever Wheelchair Football League, with support from an NFL-BWF Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community (HLCC) grant. The original teams are located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Kansas City, Missouri. This NFL-BWF HLCC grant will enable Move United to expand the league into five new markets. This expansion will provide more veterans the opportunity to participate in wheelchair football across the country. This award supports team development, equipment, coaching and officials training, tournaments, and outreach. This award also supports Move United’s Virtual Leadership Conference, which is an important opportunity to teach instructors best practices for program administration and provide opportunities for hands-on, practical training exercises so that instructors can continue to provide safe, best-in-class adaptive sports opportunities in their communities.