Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

Disabled Sports USA

  • Rockville, MD
  • www.disabledsportsusa.org

Mission Statement

Providing national leadership and opportunities for youth, wounded warriors and adults with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports and recreation programs.

Main Programs

  1. Warfighter Sports
  2. Adapt2Achieve
  3. Empower Youth Sports
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Over 120 chapters in 42 states.  Services also provided in numerous states without a chapter.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Kirk M. Bauer

Keywords

Self-reported

"disabled sports" "adaptive sports" "wounded warrior" disability

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EIN

94-6174016

Physical Address

451 Hungerford Dr Ste 100

Rockville, MD 20850

Also Known As

DSUSA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Olympics Committees and Related International Competitions (N71)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The work of Disabled Sports USA has been shown to provide a long-lasting, essential difference in the lives of those we serve, as sports rehabilitation has been proven to be very effective at giving people with severe disabilities the physical strength, motivation and confidence to fully join their family, friends and communities in life affirming activities.  In fact in 2009, an independent Harris survey of more than 1,000 people with disabilities found that those that had participated in Disabled Sports USA sports programs had higher levels of health and happiness than those not involved with DSUSA (http://www.dsusa.org/DSUSA-Srv09.pdf).

Our expertise in sports programming for people with severe disabilities has led to being selected as a member of the US Olympic Committee, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and a partner with the US Paralympics, who recognized DSUSA with their 2009 Amazing Salute Award.

DSUSA is also an active partner with the following national sports organizations: Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), US Ski and Snowboard Association, American Canoe Association, USA Cycling, USA Water Ski, Diving Equipment & Manufacturing Association and US Handcycling.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Warfighter Sports

Warfighter Sports offers more sports rehabilitation for severely wounded in partnership with its nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters.  Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, through sports rehabilitation programs in military hospitals and communities across the U.S.  The program rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities. 
 Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member.  Since 2003, more than 5,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage.   For more information, visit www.dsusa.org(http://www.dsusa.org) .

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 2

Adapt2Achieve

Not available

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

Empower Youth Sports

Not available

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of participants engaged in programs

Target Population
People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
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2. Number of youth with a disability participating in sports programs

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
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3. Number of people who receive adaptive sports training

Target Population
Adults

Connected to a Program?
Adapt2Achieve
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

4. Number of veterans with disabilities engaged in the program

Target Population
Adults, Military personnel, People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
Warfighter Sports
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) was established in 1967 by disabled military veterans to help rehabilitate the war injured returning from Vietnam. Since then, DSUSA has become one of the largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations in the US, serving 60,000 youth and adults annually.

    The vision of DSUSA is for every person, regardless of ability, to have equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community. The mission of DSUSA is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. Our motto reflects this mission: "If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything!"

    Disabled Sports USA, a member of the US Olympic Committee, employs sports to provide individuals with disabilities the skills needed to achieve healthy, active lifestyles, translating to success in all areas of life. DSUSA offers sports rehabilitation programs in more than 40 different sports through its nationwide network of over 120 community-based chapters operating in 42 states, serving people with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

    Our goal is to make adaptive sports opportunities available to as many youth and adults with disabilities as possible within the United States through our national chapter network. This is our overarching and principal goal because we know the power of adaptive sports in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    As Disabled Sports USA has done for over 49 years, we are committed to delivering the very best in adaptive sports programming nationwide to as many youth, wounded warriors and adults with disabilities as possible. Our work has been shown to provide a long-lasting, essential difference in the lives of those we serve, as sports rehabilitation has been proven to be very effective at giving people with severe disabilities the physical strength, motivation and confidence to fully join their family, friends and communities in life affirming activities. Academic research and commissioned research by DSUSA have proven that adaptive sports help youth and adults with disabilities thrive in life.

    One strategy is to strengthen our existing national, community-based, chapter network by providing services and support so they can more effectively and easily serve people with disabilities in their local communities. Examples of services we provide to chapters include insurance, financial grants, adaptive sports expertise and classroom training and education. Another DSUSA strategy is to expand our chapter network in key States and metropolitan areas.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Disabled Sports USA has been providing adaptive sports programming to youth and adults for over 46 years. During this time, we have developed the expertise and knowledge to ensure individuals with disabilities get the best adaptive sports opportunities available. Disabled Sports USA offers opportunities in over 40 adaptive sports and annually serves 60,000 youth and adults with disabilities.

    Disabled Sports USA has also cultivated close relationships with many key adaptive sports organizations including over 120 DSUSA community chapters, national governing sports bodies, all military branches and every major military medical center, US Paralympics, Professional Ski Instructors of America -- American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), Professional Golfers Association, US Ski and Snowboard Association, American Canoe Association, USA Water Ski and US Handcycling.

    Disabled Sports USA's capabilities extend to its Board of Directors, which consists of corporate and nonprofit leaders as well as disabled athlete representatives who share a common commitment to providing sports opportunities for people with disabilities. One hundred percent of our board members, aside from volunteering their time, contribute financially to the mission of Disabled Sports USA.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    As part of our standard internal processes, our strategic/operational plans are continually monitored, updated and communicated to leadership and our Board of Directors. Surveys of our participants and our chapters have been separately conducted, analyzed and communicated periodically.

    We know that progress is being made every time a quality adaptive sports program is conducted, based on publicly available peer-reviewed research and our own commissioned research. In 2009, Disabled Sports USA commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct research among American adults with physical disabilities in order to explore the attitudes and behaviors of people with disabilities towards sports and recreation. Specifically, the research determined that being engaged in sports activities has helped make a difference in terms of increased health, happiness and employment. The major finding of the poll of 1,000 people with disabilities was that "people with disabilities who indicate that they are physically active are more likely to be employed, to believe that being physically active has helped them advance in their jobs, and to lead to a healthier lifestyle. Those physically active report a greater life satisfaction and are more sociable and positive about their life prospects."

    Our expertise in sports programming for people with disabilities has led to being selected as a member of the US Olympic Committee, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and a national partner with the US Paralympics. Disabled Sports USA has been given numerous awards, including the US Paralympics "Amazing Salute Award" and the PGA Foundation's "PGA Growth of the Game" award.

    For our programs serving wounded warriors working directly with the major military medical centers (Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and Naval Medical Center San Diego), as well as VAs and Warrior Transition Units across the US, we are identified by the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) as a member of their Community Support Network and awarded the Non Commissioned Officer's of America's "American Patriot Award."
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Disabled Sports USA is a leading nonprofit provider of adaptive sports programs, offering hope, support and opportunities to children and adults with disabilities. This past year through our chapter network, Disabled Sports USA served 60,000 individuals with disabilities, including more than 20,000 youth and 1,500 severely wounded warriors. Today, our chapter network is larger and in more states than ever before.

    Disabled Sports USA focuses on maximizing impact and honoring every donor investment to our organization. During the past fiscal year, 88 cents of every dollar spent was directed to programs for the people we serve. This commitment to the programs has been rewarded with greater donor and stakeholder support than we have ever had before.

    Disabled Sports USA has a long and impactful history, strong internal and chapter resources and a proven track record of performance, but our work is far from done, as we seek each and every day to reach more people with the power of adaptive sports. Disabled Sports USA envisions a country where everyone, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community. To this end, we seek to provide more programs in more sports and in more States for more people with disabilities. DSUSA's progress depends on philanthropic support from individual donors, corporations and foundations to develop and extend and expand services to meet the needs of people living with disabilities across the US.
Service Areas

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National

Over 120 chapters in 42 states.  Services also provided in numerous states without a chapter.

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DISABLED SPORTS USA
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Disabled Sports USA

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kirk M. Bauer

BIO

After Kirk Bauer,JD, lost his leg from a grenade explosion in Vietnam in 1969, he experienced the thrill of snow skiing as part of his rehabilitation through Disabled Sports USA, which was just beginning as an organization. Now 49 years later, after 13 years as a volunteer and participant and over 33 years as executive director, Kirk has led the organization to become one of the largest programs in the nation; serving individuals with disabilities, through over 120 community DSUSA chapters in 42 states.

As the leader of DSUSA, Kirk is a firm believer in leading by example as the best way to motivate others to participate in sports and recreation. Even at 65, he still regularly participates in “extreme" sports activities on one leg. For example, he won the Boston Marathon in his class at age 52; climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, at 19,000 the tallest mountain in Africa, at age 62; and attempted to climb 20,000' Mt McKinley in Alaska, at age 64. This year he has successfully completed the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 26 mile hike in the desert in one day; and the The Three Notch Century, a 100 mile, one day cycle over three mountain passes in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire. During his service in Vietnam, Sgt. Bauer was twice awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in battle. Sgt. Bauer has been recognized nationally for his work; including a Presidential Appointment by President George W. Bush, to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. President Bush also appointed Bauer to the delegation representing the United States at the 2008 Winter Paralympic Games in Torino Italy and the 2010 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Bauer holds a Doctorate of Law Degree from Boston University School of Law.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert Meserve

Neenan Company

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