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Walmart Donation to Support Adaptive Sports Opportunities at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare received a $2,500 donation from the Walmart Community Grants Program in support of Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive sports programming.

Facilitated by Wallingford Walmart Store Manager Jon Roth and Training Coordinator Evelyn Smiles, the donation made through the Gaylord Gauntlet fundraiser will be used to purchase adaptive sporting equipment and offer programming at little or no cost to participants with permanent physical or visual impairments.

Last year, hundreds of adaptive athletes participated in the nearly 150 classes, clinics, and practices held by the Gaylord Sports Association. The program also provides specialized programming for military veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities.   “Walmart has a rich history of supporting both veterans and adaptive sports,” said Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations. “We thank Walmart for their continued commitment and support in helping our participants discover new possibilities and an enhanced quality of life through adaptive sports.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   About Philanthropy at Walmart: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit