From World Leisure Organization, we are pleased to announce the recipient of the SPGs program’s second call! Designed to support members’ projects that further the development of leisure as a means to enhance the human condition, this program awards SPGs of $2,000-$5,000 (USD) on average per project supporting leadership, advocacy, research, education, and engagement initiatives which promote socio-cultural development, encourage sustainable economic growth, or improve people’s quality of life. We got very varied proposals in terms of aims and leisure perspectives, hence, a series of meetings and evaluations have been undertaken by the program’s committee.

On this occasion, the applicant supported by the WL Strategic Priorities Grants program is Dr. Cari E. Autry, presenting the project “Adapted Sailing and Quality of Life of Persons with Physical Disabilities”. The project raises the hypothesis that “participation in sailing by people with disabilities is regarded as having positive outcomes on their quality of life physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially”. Therefore, virtual reality sailing simulation (VRSS) – Phase I of the project – was implemented to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Five participants – three of whom have spinal cord injuries and two have spina bifida – already completed (successfully) Phase I and want to transition to sailing on the water (Phase II). Additional participants (at least three more at this time) are completing or being recruited to complete Phase I and move to Phase II. Five on-the-water sailing instruction sessions will be offered, and each session will last approx. 2 hours on the water. The Adapted Sailing Program (Phase II) will be offered from April 1 to May 15, 2020, at the Little Washington Sailing School in Washington, North Carolina.

Do you have a project idea in mind and consider it matches WLO’s mission and Strategic Plan? Don’t worry if you missed the past deadline, because a new call will be launched soon, so stay tuned for updates!