May 28, 2019 – Charlotte, NC – Students at UTSW preparing for OPAF First Clinics this fall were awarded grant funding from the Barr Amputee Assistance Fund. The grant will go to support the First Dance and First Volley Tennis Clinics that UTSW students will host on Saturday, October 12 on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The $3000 grant will greatly help with event costs and supplies for the day. Alps South, Spinal Technology and SPS will also be sponsors for the events as well as support from USTA Texas.
The generosity of the Barr Foundation in sponsoring UT Southwestern's First-Volley and First-Dance clinics is truly incredible. The goal of our event is to build community for adaptive athletes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by hosting introductory sports events. We sincerely appreciate the Barr Foundation's support of OPAF's mission to provide healthy, engaging activities that encourage beginners to learn a new sport among peers and experienced athletes to share knowledge and skills. -Olivia Sheffer
This will be the fifth year in a row that the UTSW students have hosted First Clinics for the greater Dallas community. With the largest and most active amputee support group in the area, Dallas Amputee Network- DAN, the hope is that they will see a great response to their efforts to give back to the community and the industry.