Adaptive Sports and Equipment for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries: Community Partnerships are Key to a Year-Round Adapted Sports Programs for Milwaukee Veterans


  • Shaunee Mulhollon
  • Joyce Casey


adaptive sport, therapeutic recreation, veterans, spinal cord injuries


Recreation is important to improve the overall quality of life for those who have disabilities. Adaptive sports are a part of recreation therapy, which allows each individual to experience recreation the way that best fits their lifestyle. Recreation Therapists at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center work directly with veterans with spinal cord injuries to enhance this part of the rehabilitation process. The purpose of this paper is to share the connection between the Milwaukee VA and community partnerships in adaptive sports.  Community partnerships provides a much needed bridge from the VA to the veterans’ success and regular participation in community-based adaptive sports programs. 

Author Biographies

Shaunee Mulhollon

Shaunee Mulhollon received a degree in therapeutic recreation with a minor in communication Studies from University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Shaunee completed a 16-week recreation therapy internship with the Milwaukee VA in the Spinal Cord Injury unit, whose outpatient programs focus is adaptive sports. Shaunee had first hand experience with adaptive sports, such as hand cycling, kayaking, golf, tennis, and many more and the equipment needed for each sport. Shaunee recently obtained her certification to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), and  is currently working with the geriatric population. 

Joyce Casey

Joyce Casey has been a recreation therapist for more than 30 years and graduated from the University of Iowa.   She currently works on a Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Milwaukee VA medical center.  The favorite part of her job is helping veterans with spinal cord injuries find a new life through adapted sports.






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