SportsNet Recognized by County Executive and Rochester Mayor

July 22, 2010 SportsNet_Award_2

County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor, Robert Duffy recognized SportsNet as a community program that promotes healthy, active lifestyles among people with disabilities by providing them with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities. This honor coincides with the efforts of Monroe County/City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The recognition took place at SportsNet's golf event at Executive South Family Golf and Recreation Center in Henrietta at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. SportsNet Supervisor Anita O'Brien and Physical Rehabilitation Services Manager Nancy Steinkamp received the award on behalf of SportsNet.

“SportsNet’s strong spirit of advocacy has positively impacted our community by helping to remove many of the challenges people with disabilities face,” said Monroe County Executive Brooks. “SportsNet’s continued dedication and commitment to creating inclusive sports is just one of the many reasons why the quality of life in Monroe County remains second to none.”

“It is worth noting that Rochester Rehabilitation has been serving our community since 1919,” said Mayor Duffy. “As a sports enthusiast, I am proud to honor SportsNet’s outstanding efforts to provide people with physical challenges a wide variety of sports and recreational opportunities. We are grateful to Rochester Rehabilitation for helping our citizens lead full and active lives through this and all of their other services.”

SportsNet - an inclusive sports and recreation program of the nonprofit organization Rochester Rehabilitation - has served more than 4,000 members of the community since its founding in 1998. People of all abilities participate in local sporting events and recreational activities such as cycling, outrigger canoeing and sled hockey through SportsNet's continued access to new adaptive equipment.

According to Anita O'Brien who supervises the program, having the support of Monroe County and the City of Rochester allows SportsNet to continue developing sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities while promoting healthy, active lifestyles. "We are thrilled to receive this recognition," said O'Brien.

SportsNet is located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue on the corner of Elmwood and South Avenues (Door 6) on the Al Sigl Community of Agencies campus. To learn more about SportsNet, volunteer opportunities and a complete list of all summer events, please visit sportsnetny.org

Since 1919, Rochester Rehabilitation has been meeting the needs of people with disabilities and other disadvantages in the community. As Rochester continues to feel the effects of the nation’s economic distress, there is an increased need for the social, health and employment services Rochester Rehabilitation provides. Annually, more than 5,000 people receive services, or participate in programs at Rochester Rehabilitation.

Rochester Rehabilitation is proud to be one of the original founding members of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies – a collaborative partnership of nonprofits committed to making a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities. Rochester Rehabilitation is also a United Way Donor Designated Agency.

For more information, please visit our website at rochesterrehab.org.