USA Archery Grants $1,000 for Equipment Support: Empowering Disabled Veterans

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In a powerful move to support the brave men and women who have served our country, USA Archery has awarded 15 Veteran Athlete Equipment Grants to disabled veterans who are also USA archery members. With up to $1,000 in grant funds per recipient, these athletes will be able to purchase much-needed archery equipment, enhancing their training and competitive edge.


The purpose of this grant program is two-fold: to encourage veterans to explore the world of archery and to help them progress to higher levels of competition, such as the Para United States Archery Team. For those already immersed in the sport, these grants provide an opportunity to elevate their training and performance.

Eric Heideman, a grant recipient and Afghanistan war veteran, shared his gratitude, stating, “Receiving this grant from USA Archery was not only an honor but a huge help, allowing me to continue competing in a sport I love, a sport that has been a huge part of my recovery process. USA Archery is amazing for offering this grant. It’s humbling to have been selected.”

Mary Emmons, USA Archery’s Chief of Sport Performance and Operations, expressed her enthusiasm for the program, saying, “USA Archery proudly supports veterans with disabilities, and we look forward to seeing how this equipment will help each athlete advance within the sport and the athlete development pipeline.”

If you’re interested in learning more about adaptive archery or seeking additional resources, reach out to [email protected]. It’s essential to note that the funding for this grant program was made possible by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this article are those of USA Archery and may not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a sports reporter, it’s always inspiring to see organizations like USA Archery stepping up to support our nation’s heroes. The impact of these grants on the lives of disabled veterans is immeasurable, and it’s a testament to the power of sports in promoting healing, personal growth, and camaraderie.

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