On Tuesday, Der Behinderten-Sportverband Berlin announced they had given grants of €5,000 each to 15 different sports clubs as part of their “Inclusion through Sports” program. The organization has funding for an additional 15 different clubs.
The grants help some of these clubs offer membership free of charge. The money is supposed to be used to remove barriers to participation, including things like installing ramps, audio cues for people with visual impairments, and making changing facilities more disability friendly. It can also be used to create new programs and inclusive programs inside schools and other sport organizations.
Der Behinderten-Sportverband Berlin was created in 1952 in Berlin, Germany. It currently has 204 affiliated clubs, representing over 24,000 sportspeople. They offer therapeutic and rehabilitative services and recreational sports. The organization also supports elite athletes for the Paralympic Games and other world championships in sports such as athletics, swimming, sitting volleyball, table tennis and cycling. They also organize international sporting events such as the International German Swimming Championships.