SPORT ACCESS FOUNDATION
Sport Access Foundation offers grants to Australian children with a disability so that they have an opportunity to play and participate in sport.
Funds raised by Sport Access Foundation go towards providing financial assistance - through annual grants - for key sports projects and events for Australian kids who have a disability.
All I want for Christmas
When Sport Access Foundation first offered grants to help children with a disability to participate in sport, we received 27 applications. This year, when we launched the annual grants program we received 100.
Only being able to provide four grants was a challenge. There were so many worthy young athletes.
As Christmas loomed on the calendar we wanted to find a way to thank the 96 applicants who’d missed out on a grant this year. So we called on our amazing sponsors - BlueScope, BMD Group, Harvey Norman, King & Wood Mallesons and Tagzart Design - to help us out. They have all generously committed to helping us raise $50 for each young athlete.
Now - we need you!
We need your support to help us raise funds for these young athletes who face significant hurdles just to make the starting line.
To give you an idea of their challenges - read below for the full list of disabilities across the 100 applicants. Read this and you start to get a sense of what they and their parents and carers face beach day.
Help us simply by donating from as little as $10 and it will go straight towards our 96 applicants for Christmas. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Over 25 days we'll share the story of a number of these applicants on social media.
To help raise awareness and funds - please like and share on #GiveSmallDreamBig:
Our aim is not only to provide the $50 gift, but to raise awareness of the support these young people, and their families, need to achieve their sporting dreams.
The 25 Days of Christmas Posts will profile our applicants, their sporting career to date, and the challenges they face as they strive to achieve their very best.
If we all Give Small, our young Athletes can Dream Big.
Disabilities of our 2018 Applicants
Vision impairment – Blind, partially vision impaired, retinal dystrophy, bilateral optic atrophy
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Infantile Congenital Scoliosis
Acquired Brain Injury
Arnold Chiari Malformation
Klippel Fiel Syndrome
Hearing impairment – Deaf, severe to profound hearing Loss, cochlear implant/hearing aids
Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegic
Congenital Deformity of right hand
Nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eye)
Epilepsy and Autism
Undiagnosed severe and permanent progressive disorder of spinal cord
Kyphoscoliosis with heme-vertebrae and rib anomalies
Clubfeet and joint hypomobility
Classic Autism & Intellectual Disability
Amputee – upper and lower body, including Bi-lateral leg amputee, Right leg through knee, below the knee
Congenital Upper left limb difference
Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy, left hemisphereotomy
Bilateral Peters Anomaly
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia
Congenital Arm Abnormality- Radiohumeral Synostosis with Type 4 Ulnar Deficiency and Thumb Aplasia
Arthrogryposis, bilateral club feet, and HFASD.
If you have any queries or would like to know more please contact Sport Access Foundation via our email: email@example.com
Wishing you the very best for the Festive Season!
Sport Access Foundation is proudly supported by its founding partner BlueScope, and King Wood & Mallesons, Zoggs Australia, Harvey Norman, Tagzart Design and Triathlon Australia.
Sport Access Foundation was set up by Katie Kelly OAM, Australia's first Gold Medallist in the sport of Paratriathlon at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Katie trains with Triathlon Australia's High Performance squad on the Gold Coast, under Coach Dan Atkins. After winning the 2017 World Championships, Katie is training for the 2018 World Championships with Tokyo 2020 Paralympics her longer term goal.