The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant

Dr. George T. Wilson and his wife, Irene, established the Tommy Wilson Memorial Award in honor of their youngest son, Tommy, who was born with cerebral palsy and passed away in 1974 at the age of 16. Because of Tommy, Dr. Wilson became involved in recreation for developmentally disabled individuals. Dr. Wilson is remembered as a great leader and inspiration in the field of leisure and recreation.

His legacy carries on through the Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant. The grant supports recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded for up to $1,500 total per year. Applicants may apply for $500 to $1,500. SHAPE America reserves the right to not award any funds in any given year.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered (additional requirements in application packet):

  • The program must provide a specific direct service to individuals with disabilities.
  • The program must focus on recreational pursuits for individuals with disabilities.
  • The applicant must have a successful record of programming for individuals with disabilities.
  • The applicant must be a nonprofit organization.
  • Funds must go directly to supporting individuals with disabilities in recreational activities (e.g., equipment, housing, registration fees, facilities).
  • Grants may not be used to cover administrative costs. 

Application Procedure

Please email your completed application packet in one PDF file to:  All materials must be received electronically at SHAPE America by December 1.  If you would like additional information, feel free to contact us.