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Persons with Disabilities Increased Participation in Sports: Survey

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NEW YORK – More than half of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. have increased their sports participation over the past five years, according to the Disability Inclusion in Sports Today survey released by TD Bank.

 The bank surveyed 503 individuals with disabilities across the U.S. to examine sports participation on the heels of the 17th Annual Achilles Hope & Possibility Road Race by TD Bank, one of the world’s largest road races supporting individuals with disabilities, which was held on Sunday, June 23 in New York City’s Central Park.

“Our support of Hope & Possibility reflects our focus on what people can do,” said Andrew Bregenzer, TD’s Regional President, Metro New York. “This means empowering people to achieve their full potential, based solely on their strengths and abilities.”

“We have seen a remarkable increase in people with disabilities competing in road races over the years,” said Genna Griffith, Director of Special Projects for Achilles International. “We have advocated to make road races more accessible to people with disabilities, so they have equal opportunity to compete. This is a trend that we expect will continue as access and awareness of resources continue to drive inclusion.”

Businesses and organizations that support diversity inclusion enjoy enhanced brand equity, according to the survey.

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