(El Paso, Texas- July 23, 2012) El Paso’s Miracle League, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.  The award was one to 69 grants totaling almost $425,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.  Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,055 grants totaling over $15.6 million since 1999.

El Paso’s Miracle League Inc. will use the grant to provide needed equipment for both baseball and soccer for the upcoming season.

Miracle League is honored to be one of the 69 grants awarded and thanks the Reeve Foundation for their acceptance of our program.

According to Sandie Olivar, CEO and Executive Director of El Paso’s Miracle League, Inc. the grant award is perfectly timed for the upcoming soccer and baseball fall season.  As a community with limited resources, outside grants such as this offset local fundraising; taking the pressure off of the participants and their families.  This is important to the local community when the same businesses are asked time after time for support.

“The Reeve Foundation believes that each of the nearly six million Americans living with paralysis deserves access to the best programs and services available.  The Quality of Life Grants Program supports other nonprofit organizations that not only believe in that same independence, but achieve great success in carrying out their programs’ missions” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are honored to recognize these organizations which empower those affected by paralysis.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families.  Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence.  Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sports activities; and much more.  Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.  For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800 225-0292.

El Paso’s Miracle League Inc. provides recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities regardless of their abilities.


Sandie Olivar, Executive Director