Northumberland United Way grant fuels ParaSport buses

United Way - ParaSport Games 2014

COBOURG -- (May 22) – A United Way grant under the agency’s Strong Communities program will help to provide a fleet of accessible buses for Ontario ParaSport Games competitors.

"Without a safe, efficient way to transport para-athletes to and from their events, quite frankly, it would be difficult to stage a sporting event of this magnitude in Northumberland," said Games Chair Paul Macklin.

"The United Way’s generous support is crucial to making the Games an enjoyable experience for the athletes. They’ll be able to focus on their performance without having to worry about how to get to the event on time."

United Way CEO Lynda Kay said the grant recognizes the importance of the Games as a community-based, volunteer-driven initiative that will heighten awareness of accessibility issues across the county.

"We share the broader Games objective of encouraging improvements in sport and recreation programs that will make it easier for those with a disability, especially young people, to leave the sidelines and participate."

Athletes from across Ontario will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in eight sports, from May 30 to June 1, in Cobourg, Port Hope, Hamilton Township, Colborne and Brighton. All events are open to the public, and admission is free.

A full schedule of events and venues will be announced shortly.

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