City of Mesa News Article
Adaptive programs in Mesa receives state award
By: Lily King-Cisneros
10/3/13 9:53 AM

October 3, 2013
Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119 

Mesa, AZ – Mesa Parks and Recreation in partnership with Mesa Public School and Arizona Disabled Sports were the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Program Award in adaptive programing.  The award was presented during the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association award banquet held on August 30, 2013. 
“Throughout the years and budget reductions, the City made sure that adaptive programming did not go away,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Director, Marc Heirshberg said. “Providing all of our residents, including adaptive athletes with a variety of opportunities to recreate is what makes Mesa great.  We are honored to be this year’s recipient of the APRA award and know that we couldn’t have done this without our partners, Arizona Disabled Sports and Mesa Public Schools.”
Arizona Disabled Sports was established in 1990, and since then they have partnered with Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa to offer the most comprehensive sports and leisure programs to serve youth and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.  In addition, they offer local disabled athletes to compete on a national and international level through the Desert Challenge Games.
“Our partnership with Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa rounds out what we can offer to our athletes,” Arizona Disabled Sports Executive Director, Lane Gram said. “We are a non-profit and our budget is stretched thin as it is and it is good to know we can count on the City of Mesa and Mesa Public Schools for support in any capacity.”
“Winning the ‘Outstanding Adaptive Program Award’ is a testament to those individuals who put in a great deal of effort every day,” Mesa Public Schools Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Steve Hogen said. “In addition, it acknowledges the cooperative partnership between the City of Mesa, Arizona Disabled Sports, and Mesa Public Schools. We are fortunate to live in an area where individuals and organizations can work together to enhance the lives of all of our citizens.”
Arizona Parks and Recreation Association is non-profit organization that provides professional development, advocacy and resources to all who enhance quality of life through parks, recreation and environmental conservation.
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