Access Leisure is an organization that provides community members with disabilities or serious injuries, as well as ill and wounded veterans and active-duty members of the military, with more than 500 sports and recreational experiences annually. They are located in Sacramento, California arranging camping trips, baseball tournaments, power soccer, and more for people of all ages year-round.
Through their partnership with the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Division, Access Leisure offers a Paralympic Sports Sacramento Club program which provides sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities in aquatics, baseball, challenge sports, goalball, hand cycling, power soccer and quad rugby.
“The ability to positively impact not just the individual that attends their events, but that person’s family, friends, and the community at large, is what inspires each member of the Access Leisure staff to ‘leave it all on the playing field’ when they suit up for work,” said Annie Desalernos, head of the Access Leisure team.
Founded in 1966, Access Leisure has a successful career of over 50 years of service to the city of Sacramento, which is why they received the Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability Award.