The Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association (KWAA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization supporting sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association offers an array of competitive and non-competitive athletic and recreational activities to meet the diverse interests and activities of its members.
The KWAA is supported by fundraising activities and community involvement. It has the support and endorsement of the leading rehabilitation and health care organizations in the state.
The mission of the KWAA is to promote individual and team participation of people with disabilities in a wide variety of athletic and recreational activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, wheelchair basketball, fencing, rowing, tennis, rugby, track and field and racing. KWAA seeks to promote awareness, education, resources and athletics for individuals with physical disabilities throughout the state of Kentucky.
The Board of Directors consists of the Officers, Past President and the Board Members At Large. The group meets on the third Monday of each month at Frazier Rehab Institute, 220 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. The meetings begin at 6:30PM and run until 8:00PM. All interested individuals are welcome to attend.
Michael Brent was in a car accident on July 21, 1997 as he returned home for PGA Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, KY. He had been caddying on an extremely hot day, unknowingly became dehydrated and blacked out while driving home. Michael had earned an academic/golf scholarship to attend dcollege and was working all summer to improve his game in order to compete at the collegiate level.
The organization, which was originally founded to help Michael with immediate financial burdens, has turned into much more. We are now a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer based, organization that raises funds primarily for spinal cord injury research, grants for victims and their families, spinal cord injury prevention/awareness education and scholarships for locally active high school graduates. We are also one of three founders of the NEW Spinal Cord Injury Association of Kentucky.