CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — In its latest round of grant awards, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation allocated $298,615 for The Rotary Foundation, and its three Rotary Clubs of Clarksville, for the construction of The Rotary Field of Dreams at expanding St. Bethlehem Civitan Park.
The grant for Rotary’s work was part of $677,156 presented to various, local nonprofit health- and-fitness-related initiatives in the community. The funds flow from the public assets of the Clarksville regional hospital, Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville.
The Field of Dreams is a specially designed, multipurpose sports field and family playground designed to “meet the unique requirements of our county’s special needs athletes, families and support networks,” Rotary said in its grant application.
The idea is to eliminate traditional barriers that discourage special needs children and adults from being able to use a traditional field. “Obstacles such as natural grass, uneven surfaces, constrained accessibility for those who are disabled, injured, or otherwise challenged will be overcome with the (Americans With Disabilities Act)-compliant poured rubber turf surfaces,” Rotary said.
There are currently 16 organized sports teams for special needs in Clarksville-Montgomery County. A new field is hoped to support expanding to 24 teams within two years. The goal is to also create conditions to host a Special Needs World Series in Montgomery County.
Other Community Health Foundation grants awarded in this cycle included these:
Sexual Assault Center (SAC)
SAC was awarded $136,758 to expand clinical services to Montgomery County.
They will hire another full-time therapist to “significantly increase the number of clients they can help,” the grant application said.
SAFE (Soldiers and Families Embraced)
SAFE was awarded $120,000 to continue their counseling services to service members, veterans and families.
Since its inception, SAFE has helped more than 2,000 soldiers, veterans and family members at no cost to them.
Manna Café: Operation Pomegranate
Manna Café was awarded $52,912to continue its successful “Operation Pomegranate” program.
Clarksville Academy disc golf
A Clarksville Academy Challenged-Based Learning group was awarded $25,330 to add an additional nine holes to the disc golf course at Rotary Park, making it a complete 18-hole disc golf course.
CMCSS (via CMC Education Foundation)
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation on behalf of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was awarded $24,327 to provide an outdoor fitness center for ages 13 and up in the New Providence area.
The location is beside the Kleeman Community Center, New Providence Pool and the New Providence Community Garden.
Insight Counseling (Clarksville office) was awarded $15,000 to help fund their Community Access Program.
The program assists clients who cannot afford the normal costs of professional mental health services. It provides access to care regardless of ability to pay.
Clarksville Area Ministers Technical Assistance Network (CAMTAN)
CAMTAN was awarded a second grant for $4,500 to provide transportation for about 43 Clarksville-Montgomery County residents infected with HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, to doctor appointments in Clarksville, Hendersonville, Springfield, Madison and Nashville.
They provide this service to an indigent population that would otherwise not receive the care they need.
APSU Foundation: School of Nursing
The Austin Peay Foundation was awarded $1,500 for the School of Nursing to purchase two children’s health books each for 60 to 70 third grade students at Norman Smith Elementary School.
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