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On February 10, 2011, The United States Tennis Association announced that it awarded Magee Rehabilitation Hospital two USTA Wheelchair Program Grants for the Magee Freedom Wheelchair Tennis team.

The Magee Freedom Tennis team currently competes in matches locally, regionally and nationally, providing disabled athletes with a chance to exercise, socialize and regain their independence.
 
Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities.

The grants received by Magee, in the amounts of $2,000 and $1,500, are two of just 21 USTA Wheelchair Program Grants totaling $45,000.

“We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations, such as Magee, across the country that are committed to promoting and growing wheelchair tennis,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis. “These grants are just a part of the continued effort in implementing important programs that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and the USTA is happy to assist in these endeavors.”

“We are grateful to receive these Wheelchair Program Grants from the United States Tennis Association,” said Meg Rider, Community Programs Coordinator at Magee. “These grants, along with the support we already receive from USTA Middle States, will allow us to purchase equipment for our athletes and introduce the game to even more participants.”

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is a non-profit corporation established for the treatment and care of the physically and cognitively disabled.

For additional information about Magee Rehabilitation Hospital visit mageerehab.org. For more information about wheelchair tennis or starting a team, email wheelchairinfo@usta.com



Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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