Brooks Adaptive Sports Wins National Hospital Charitable Services Award

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by John Weidner | Feb 22, 2016

The Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program (ASRP) was recently named a Program of Excellence by the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.

The Hospital Charitable Service Awards recognize hospitals for their innovative approaches to impacting lives in local communities. Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Service Awards in 2010 to honor exemplary hospital-sponsored community programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs.

Brooks Rehabilitation wins hospital charitable service awardThe Brooks ASRP has been impacting lives on the First Coast since its inception in 2007. The program enables those living with a physical disability to enhance their quality of life through participation in sports and recreational activities. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in both the weekly activities and special events. Anyone in the community with a physical disability is invited to participate and no experience is necessary. Equipment and expert instruction are provided at no cost to the individual.

“The Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program has been life-changing for many of our participants. When asked why this program is important, friendships are always the first thing mentioned. The fitness and educational components are valuable, but it is the combination of social, emotional and physical that transforms lives,” said Alice Krauss, Manager of the Brooks ASRP.

The Brooks ASRP was among ten winners that were commended for exceptional work in impacting the underserved in their communities. Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and/or best practice. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference, each winning program was presented with a $10,000 investment toward their growth. This is the second time a program from Brooks Rehabilitation has received the award. The Brooks Stroke Wellness program was honored for its success in 2014.

“These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. “What makes them truly extraordinary is the impact they achieve through their commitment to serving others, and the outstanding ways they make substantial and caring contributions.”

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