S.M.C.L.F. Disability Multi-Service Center Development Project

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Summary:

The S.M.C.L. Foundation & Associates Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the lives of various communities, including underserved populations, veterans, seniors, youth, and individuals with disabilities, through adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation programs. Partnering with numerous organizations and healthcare entities, including Move United National Disability Sports Organization, the New Orleans Recreation Department’s Special Needs Committee, and many others, S.M.C.L. aims to promote healthier living, increase self-esteem, relieve stress, and enhance physical mobility.

Key Initiatives:

  • Community Health through Adaptive Sports and Recreation Therapy: S.M.C.L.F. conducts multiple adaptive sports training and competitions in collaboration with partners, enabling many veterans, youth, seniors, and other individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities to engage in various sports and recreational activities. The organization is seeking to establish a world-class Indoor Multiservice & Rehabilitation Therapeutic Recreation & Adaptive Sports Center, providing comprehensive services, including ambulatory and adaptive sports, social and therapeutic recreation, along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy medical service.
  • Advisory Committees: S.M.C.L.F. will establish a “Bio-Medical District Center Advisory Committee” to ensure the center’s needs are met. This committee will work on determining the center’s organizational structure, community assessments, planning, development, and budget assessment, as well as assist in the center’s outreach initiatives.
  • Benefits of Recreation: Research shows that engaging in recreation activities leads to increased physical fitness, self-confidence, and social interaction, benefiting overall health and well-being. Participation in positive and meaningful recreational activities are crucial for all, especially individuals with disabilities.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): S.M.C.L.F. plans to integrate HBOT into its adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation programs through a proposed partnership with Dr. Paul Harch’s HBOT professional medical service. HBOT has shown positive effects on various health-related conditions, including brain injuries, dementia, and neurological diseases.
  • Job Creation: Through partnerships and collaborations with healthcare professionals, social workers, other interested business entities, and community volunteers, S.M.C.L.F. aims to create job opportunities in many vocations, including doctors, nurses, therapists, coaches, and administrative and general support staffing within the proposed center development.
  • Center Development: S.M.C.L.F. envisions a state-of-the-art facility with adaptive sports courts, fitness training rooms, an adaptive aquatics recreation therapy swimming pool, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, and others business services, along with a connected inside parking garage and other amenities that will include transportation service for the disadvantaged. The center’s proposed location is in the CBD’s Medical Services District of New Orleans.
  • Upcoming National Events: S.M.C.L.F. is planning to host local, state, and other major national adaptive & disability sports events in New Orleans, which will include working with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) and the Bayou Gulf States Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) on hosting The National Veterans Wheelchair Games in the City of New Orleans, July 25 – July 30, 2024, and we are planning on a proposal to host the Move United USA Wheelchair Football League National Tournament in the City of New Orleans around late October or early in November in the year 2024.

Join Us:
To achieve our mission and make a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals, the S.M.C.L. Foundation & Associates Inc. is actively seeking sponsors, donations, and partners who share our commitment to improve upon the community’s health and well-being for all individuals, especially those who are disadvantaged, underserved, and disabled. We invite you to join us in this noble endeavor, through financial support, in-kind donations, volunteering, or becoming a long-term partner or collaboration. Together, we can create a healthier and more inclusive future for all. Your contribution will help us turn our vision into reality, and we look forward to working together to make a meaningful difference.

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