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.
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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!