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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF & The First Clinics) is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity, established and incorporated in January 1995 by the Orthotics and Prosthetics National Office. Dedicated initially to providing financial and in-kind support to the 1996 Paralympics, OPAF now generates its own initiatives through partnerships with individuals, groups and institutions working towards health and fitness for those we serve.

Target demographics: The First Clinics, including our nationally recognized adaptive tennis program, First Volley, along with First Swim, First Dive, First Swing, First Paddle and McKeever's First Ride offer quality adaptive recreational opportunities for amputees and those with physical challenges

Programs: The orthotic and prosthetic activities foundation, as their mission and in being true to their founding in support of the paralympic games, offers adaptive recreational sports programs and clinics for those served by the orthotics and prosthetics community. First volley, our nationally recognized and award winning adaptive tennis program offers tennis skills and drills to those with physical challenges who choose not to sit in a wheelchair. First swim brings amputees back to the pool and helps them to feel comfortable both in and around the water. First dive offers anyone with a physical challenge the chance to "try scuba" and experience the freedom that the water provides. In conjuction with the national amputee golf association, opaf hosts first swing/learn to golf clinics, which invites both amputees and rehab professionals to the golf course and encourages their participation in both the game of golf and the social aspects it provides. The organization received 14,833 as in-kind exhibit space, marketing services and shipping expenses which were not included for the purpose of 990 reporting.

the orthotic and prosthetic activities foundation also offers a scholarship to student pursuing orthotics and prosthetics as their career choice at northwestern university's prosthetic and orthotics program. We offer small grant funding to other like minded organizations which promote health and fitness for those we serve. The opaf speaker program is available for groups who wish to learn more about opaf and our programs.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 8 year old daughter was born without fingers on her left hand. She has been attending the First Volley sessions for 2 years and loves them! The tennis pros are very supportive, positive and funny. Her tennis has impoved a lot and she feels proud that she can play with other kids and adults.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Tennis Clinic held at Circle C courts and had a fantastic time..meeting the Pros that held the clinic was a great treat...everyone shared doing something that was out of reach to some of us, until the wonderful folks who Cared to give back to enhance the quality of life for many of us who were feeling left out of the many opportunities in life, that can still be enjoyed to the fullest of one's ability to Go For It...a Great Big Thanks to Robin and staff that made all of us feel Very Special that day which will always be with me...I am proud to have a ATTo Bock computer style "C" leg and glad that they are also a sponsor...God Bless and continue to make life better and a meaningful difference for Amputees..

Client Served

Rating: 5

My now 19-month old son lost his leg (above the knee amputee) at birth due to cancer. We attended a First Volley tennis event in Portola Valley, CA just to see what will be possible. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and it was really inspiring and heartwarming. He actually had a great time chasing tennis balls around the court. When he is older, we will certainly take him to future events.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 67 year old Below Knee amputee for 6 years now (how time flies when your having fun) And fun it is when you attend any of OPAF First's. I recently attended the first swim at the ACA Conference in California, We had such a good time and helped each other. We always have plenty of assistance and great tips for when we are on our own. OPAF helped a girl that was petrified of the water and by the time they were done she was putting her face under water and swimming. It was marvelous and heart-warming to see the look on her face and the smile in her heart that she was able to get past her fears. YOU GO OPAF!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 67 year old Below Knee amputee for 6 years now (how time flies when your having fun) And fun it is when you attend any of OPAF First's. I recently attended the first swim at the ACA Conference in California, We had such a good time and helped each other. We always have plenty of assistance and great tips for when we are on our own. OPAF helped a girl that 2was petrified of the water and by the time they were done she was putting her face under water and swimming. It was marvelous and heart-warming to see the look on her face and the smile in her heart that she was able to get past her fears. YOU GO OPAF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 50 years old, and have been a right above knee amputee for almost 4 years, due to a terrible infection. It was avdifficult adjustment, but the O & P Assistance Fund, with their "First Volley" (tennis) and First Swim, and "First Ride" (horseback riding which I most recently did) -, are wonderful events and made a huge difference to me in my recovery and adjustment to being an amputee. Being around others in similar circumstances in a supportive, reassuring environment made me feel comfortable and more "O.K" with my situation. As I watched others with worse disabilities be successful, it gave me the courage to also be "OK" with my own circumstances. I have met wonderful people who have made a difference in my life and most of the time I feel like a "whole" person. I may have my differences but I am still me! The O & P Fund has been a big part of my healing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPAF has helped initiate our First Tennis program in Southern California through its financial help, providing us with Tennis rackets, tennis balls, and prizes through Prince Racket Co. Robin Burton has been very supportive of us on a continuing basis and provides the best reasons for OPAF to continue in its good work helping the amputee community. As a result, we have single, double and triple limb-loss amputees up and exercising, through tennis, and our able instructor, Stan Backovsky. Hats off to OPAF for continuing all its sports and social activities.

Wendy B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OPAF has jointly sponsored an event with me. The organization publicized the event, coordinated the volunteers, arranged logistics, and ran the events. All the participants were thrilled with the tennis clinic. The professional running the tennis clinic was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great motivator. We had people with various disabilities, some who had never played tennis before and some who play regularly. Everyone had a good time and wanted it to become an annual event!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The OPAF has the vision of what its purpose is to the limbloss community. This organizaion allows those individuals, who have the desire to pursue many different types of physical activities, the opportunity to learn and be taught how to move forward in different sports related activites. I have personally participated in the First Volley Tennis clinics and was impressed with the level of teaching I was able to benefit from. I am a BKA and had an absolutely positive experience and look forward to the opportunity I can have when they come to my area. The only drawback is that it is only once a year. I would love to see the OPAF have the opportunity to offer their programs more often in my area.