The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant
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.
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.
must go directly to supporting individuals with disabilities in
recreational activities (e.g., equipment, housing, registration fees,
Grants may not be used to cover administrative costs.
Application Deadline: June 1st, 2023
The Tommy Wilson Grant cycle has been moved back to better coincide with the school year. The deadline for the Tommy Wilson grant is now June 1st.
Please reach out to Joey Martelli, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.