Games and Clinics

When injured veterans realize they can live an active sports lifestyle, everything else becomes secondary


What is the connection between baseball and a meaningful job? According Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for disability employment policy, she sees a clear case that sports — from baseball to trapshooting to handcycling — improve both quality of life and employment results for people with disabilities.

“Sports are ingrained in the American psyche; they’re a cultural force,” Martinez wrote. “Whether played in a large stadium or neighborhood park, they have the power not only to bring people together … but also to shape societal attitudes.”

Recent studies demonstrate the powerful link between extracurricular activities and employment for people with disabilities. Data from the Special Olympics showed 52 percent of Special Olympics athletes in the United States are employed, with half of them in competitive employment.