October 31, 2018 – OPAF & The First Clinics along with the First Swim Training and Clinic program was recently awarded a grant from US Masters Swim and their Adult Learn To Swim Program. The grant funding comes from their Swimming Saves Lives Foundation and will be used in 2019. We plan to offer two pilot programs of adaptive swim instruction in Orlando, Florida and Bay City, Michigan.
“These grant dollars will help us to grow the First Swim program in two specific cities where we have close ties with local YMCAs and other aquatic facilities’ said OPAF Executive Director, Robin Burton. First Swim is the most recent OPAF program to have clinical education attached as part of the training program for allied health care professionals.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.