Sportable Richmond Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Inc.
1365 Overbrook Road
Room 2
Richmond VA 23220-1418
Mission Statement Our mission is to create opportunities and transform the lives of individuals with physical and visual disabilities through sport.
Web and Social Media
Video
Multi-Media Comments Sportable is committed to sharing the unique stories and experiences of the athletes it serves.  Sportable has recently devised a multi-media strategic plan to capture and share these stories and experiences through a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and via our WordPress Blog. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Hunter Leemon
Board Chair Graham H. Watson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Carmax
Contact Information
Address 1365 Overbrook Road
Room 2
Richmond, VA 232201418
Telephone 804 340-2991
Fax 804 340-2955
E-mail info@sportable.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $817,000.00
Projected Expenses $744,100.00
Additional Documents
Sportable Playbook2013View
Please go online to see our 2015 Annual Report at www.sportable.org/annual-report-2015/
Statements
Mission Our mission is to create opportunities and transform the lives of individuals with physical and visual disabilities through sport.
Impact
  Our Culture

We don’t just provide adaptive sports and recreation opportunities in RVA --The reason Sportable exists is to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport! We know that is a bold claim and for some they might question whether we can really achieve that mission. Our responses—come meet our athletes, hear their story, watch them when they are in their “zone”, ask their parents, spouses, and children how active participation in sport has changed their lives. We can guarantee they would agree that in some way a transformation has occurred. This visionary approach to our mission allows us to keep pushing forward and aiming high—just as we ask of each of our athletes!

We have a strong set of values that guide the behavior of all those who work, play and compete at Sportable:

    Integrity: Being true to our word and honoring commitments to      athletes, partners and community.

     Passion: committing to work hard, stay positive and encourage success in others. 

     Team spirit: the expectation that our community will enjoy a sport or activity for its own sake while upholding the highest standards of fairness, respect and camaraderie.

     Ingenuity: fostering an environment where athletes and volunteers are able to reach their full potential.

Our Promise:
 
  • Freeing our athletes to see beyond their disabilities
  • Building peer relationships and reducing social isolation
  • Facilitating physical and attitudinal change in our community
 
Needs
In addition to funding support from the community for specialized adaptive sports equipment (estimated cost of 1 chair is $2500 not covered by an individuals insurance)- we have many in kind donation needs.
1.  Board Members with a desire to assist in moving the organization forward and assisting us in leveraging our current partnerships and raising awareness about our mission within their local communities.
 
2.  Coaches and Volunteers to serve as support staff or coaches for each of our 12 sport programs:
  • Air Rifle
  • Archery
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Power Soccer
  • Road Racing/Running
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis 


   

 
Background Founded in 2005 by two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists out of a class project at VCU, Sportable is a 501 C3 non-profit organization focused on providing sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments in the greater Richmond area. Sportable offers year round opportunities for active participation at both the recreational and competitive levels, a previously unmet need in our community. Our year round adaptive sports programs include: Archery, Air Rifle, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Kayaking, Rowing, Power Wheelchair Soccer, Road Racing & Running,  Lacrosse, Swimming, and Rock Climbing.  Our full spectrum of services addresses the needs of athletes ranging in age from 5 years through adult and includes individuals with a variety of physical and visual impairments, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputees, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, etc. As physical disabilities can affect anyone – regardless of race, religion, age or sex – Sportable is proud to serve a broad spectrum of individuals. We also can boast a strong relationship and referral system with the leading Polytrauma and SCI& D Centers in the Veterans Administration System, allowing us to serve our nation’s heroes. While athletes pay a nominal fee for membership to join Sportable, all interested athletes are invited to participate regardless of ability to pay. Sportable is a family-oriented, community-based program focused on each member’s inherent abilities despite physical limitations. Sportable strives to offer every individual an opportunity to satisfy their personal drive to compete and in-turn experience the meaningful positive physical, psychological, social and emotional benefits of participation in sports and recreation.
CEO Statement

I was first introduced to Sportable in 2008 while a graduate student at VCU.  I was asked to help find a soccer coach that could lead the Power Soccer program in the spring of 2009.  Due to scheduling conflicts that most of my classmates had the responsibility of leading the Power Soccer program fell to me.  What I thought was going to be an eight week commitment turned into a three year stint as the Power Soccer coach for Sportable.  Needless to say, I was smitten with the organization and its athletes right away.   

 

In October of 2014 I took on the role of Executive Director of this organization, a role that I am incredibly lucky to have.  I am fortunate to lead a team of dedicated and talented individuals that have a tremendous impact on the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments throughout the greater Richmond community.  For many of our athletes the services we provide are their only outlet for physical activity.  The National Organization on Disability points out that able-bodied people cite lack of time as being the main excuse for not being involved in sports and recreational activities, but people with disabilities name lack of encouragement from community organizations as the main cause holding them back from participating.  We help eliminate that issue and provide an opportunity for persons with physical disabilities & visual impairments to participate and be active.  Not only does this work have an impact on our athletes, it is incredibly rewarding to our staff and volunteers.

Board Chair Statement

 

My Sportable story is very personal to me as the organization has had a profound impact on my family.  My daughter Taylor was born with cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.   For years she did not have the opportunity to participate in sports.  This was particularly tough for Taylor because her sister, Sydney, is an avid sports nut who participated in a variety of sports while the girls were growing up. 

 

Finding Sportable provided Taylor with the opportunity to participate in sports and get off the sidelines.  She has taken tremendous advantage of the opportunities that Sportable has provided her by participating in tennis, swimming, cycling, and a strength and conditioning program.  This past year she achieved one of her biggest sports accomplishments by participating in the Ukrop’s Monument Ave. 10K.  The amount of hard work she put into training for and completing the race was incredibly rewarding for Taylor, and she has plans to participate again in 2015. 

 

I know there are other potential athletes in the Richmond community with physical disabilities that can have the same experience that Taylor has had with Sportable.  As a board member I am committed to spreading the word of Sportable so that others can experience the impact that Sportable can have on their lives.  Our biggest goal for 2015 is to reach more athletes and bring more sporting opportunities for the population we serve.  

 

Leigh Sewell, Chief of Staff and VP of Children's Services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System

 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Henrico County
Sportable provides programming all across Greater Richmond to aid in meeting the needs of this under served population-where too often transportation is a barrier to participation for individuals with physical disabilities. We currently boast partnerships with over 25 sports organizations to be able to create the opportunities and transform lives with those who share our vision of improved physical fitness and enhanced quality of life for all.
Board Chair
Board Chair Graham H. Watson
Company Affiliation Carmax
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email Graham_H_Watson@carmax.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jeremy Ball Williams Mullen
Brian E. Booker Northwestern Mutual
Dale Ennis Nutanix
Charlotte Gage Markel
Honorable John Hager Former Lieutenant Governor the State of Virginia
Alicia Howard Union Bank
Jackie Jackson Jack Consulting, LLC
Sarah Ann Jennings Health Brigade
Lauren Kiger VCU Massey Cancer Center
Gray McDermid TDBBS/Best Bully Sticks
David Richardson SuperValu Inc
R. Macon Sizemore VCU Health System
Holly Slonaker Capital One
Patrick Sturdivant Anthem, Inc
Kelly Sydnor Community Volunteer
Graham H. Watson CarMax
Thomas Winston Union Bank & Trust
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
As we move into 2017, we continue to focus on our development efforts to ensure continued self sustainability.  To do this we realize our board itself must make an important transition.  We updated our Strategic Plan in 2016 and will look to implement that plan beginning in 2017.  We hope this will assist us in continuing our momentum, which will in turn help us to continue recruiting, retaining, and training new athletes and volunteers - a key component for our continued success.
Executive Director
Executive Director Hunter Leemon
Experience Adjunct faculty member at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership. Formerly Director of Sales at the Richmond Kickers Soccer Club.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Kristen Lessig July 2007 - Sept
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 275
Contractors 20
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Sportable collaborates with the following sport specific community organizations:
YMCA of Greater Richmond
Richmond Kickers Soccer Club
Virginia Boat Club
Team River Runner
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation- Outdoor Program
Richmond Tennis Association
Henrico County Public Schools
VA Hospital
Sheltering Arms  
Wilson Rehabilation Center
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Disabled Sports USA
United States Olympic Committee 
Sports Center of Richmond
Sports Backers
University of Richmond Athletics
City of Richmond Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Carytown Bicycle Company
Virginia Commonwealth University - PM&R Dept.
Virginia Commonwealth University - CSL Program
Virginia Commonwealth University - PT Program
VCU Athletics
Shooters Indoor Sportsplex 
SwimRVA 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
ConnectRichmond2008
HandsOn Greater Richmond2010
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Paralympic Sport ClubUS Paralympics2010
Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program - Sliver LevelUS Paralympics2016
Programs
Description
   The purpose of the Air Rifle program is to familiarize the participants (shooters) with basic knowledge of air rifles and to introduce them to competitive shooting. This is a great sport to test an athlete's accuracy in a safe/secure environment with the potential to compete at upcoming local, regional, and national competitions. Inpatient and outpatient injured servicemen/women at the Richmond VAMC can participate in the Sportable program.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $250.00
Short Term Success The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description
   Archery is open to individual ages 10 and up with physical disabilities and an interest learning all levels of bow and arrow skills. This program offers rewarding challenges while improving hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, strength, and concentration. Adaptive equipment and highly skilled instructors make archery possible for people with a wide range of abilities. 
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $1,280.00
Short Term Success The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Wheelchair Basketball is a fast-paced team sport popular all over the world. It is based on the fundamentals of able-bodied basketball with some minor adaptations to reflect the presence of the wheelchair. Sportable's basketball team is a Juniors program, therefore, is offered to girls and boys ages 5-21 with a physical disability and an interest in the sport!
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $14,540.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Cycling is a fully integrated sport, meaning athletes with disabilities can enjoy it alongside family and friends. Sportable's Cycling program includes indoor cycling session with a strength training component during the cooler months and outdoor rides in the warmer weather. The sport is a great fitness and cross training opportunity and also has competitive outlets for those interested in racing and/or triathlon. A variety of handcycles, recumbent trikes, and tandem bikes are available for athlete use. This program is available to youth and adults, ages 5 and up, with a physical disability or visual impairment, a desire to improve their overall fitness, and an interest in the sport.
Budget $2,850.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Adaptive Kayaking provides health, healing, and new challenges for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Skills are taught through a step-by-step approach beginning in the pool and progressing to flat water on the James and eventually to whitewater for the more adventurous. Sportable's kayaking program allows participants to learn and practice basic paddling, kayak rolls, rescue skills, braces, wet exits, and more in the pool with ACA Certified Instructors. The program is available to children, adults, and veterans/injured service members ages 5 and up with physical disabilities.
Budget $5,400.00
Short Term Success The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    The sport of lacrosse continue to grow on the East Coast. Sportable offers this program for those who love the excitement of the sport and are ready for a little more of a challenge. In a game of 7 v. 7 (2 defensemen, 2 middies, 2 attacks, 1 goalie), athletes gear up to play as a team with skill, accuracy, and aggression. Individuals ages 13 and up with a physical disability and an interest in the sport can participate in this program.
Budget $4,023.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description

  Rock Climbing is a demanding sport that requires both physical and mental strength and toughness.  This program is done in conjunction with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program and takes place on the VCU campus.  

Budget $1,290.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Adaptive Rowing is a category in a rowing race for those with physical disabilities or visual impairments. Indoor erging through the winter offers the opportunity to build strength and endurance and learn basic technique before rowing on the water in the spring/summer. Adaptive seating and boat modifications are available for athletes as needed. Available to individuals with physical or visuals disabilities ages 16 and up, this program has an exercise component all year long.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $1,150.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements masd ein physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Power Soccer is a sport specifically designed for power wheelchair users and is played on a basketball court. Guards mounted on players' wheelchairs protect their feet and allow them to dribble and score by pushing an 18 inch ball across their opponents goal line. Equipment is provided for anyone 5 and up with the ability to operate their own power chair independently and, of course, an interest in soccer.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $2,950.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Sportable's aquatic programming will provide a sage environment for participants to successfully learn a variety of skills and achieve their personal goals. After initial assessment, athletes are placed into one of two levels of programming. Adapted Aquatics helps participants achieve therapeutic goals and become comfortable in the water. Introduction to Swim provides participants with instruction and skill development in the basic swim strokes for recreational and competitive swimming. This program is available to individuals ages 5 and up with a physical disability or visual impairment and an interest in the activity.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $3,490.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    Tennis is one of the most challenging and rewarding of all wheelchair sports. Participants will learn court mobility, stroke technique, the rules and scoring of the game, and build strength, cardiovascular ability and self-esteem in a fun group instruction environment. The program serves individuals ages 5 and up with physical disabilities and an interest in the sport of tennis.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $1,360.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
Description    The rules of Paralympic racing are almost identical to those of its non-disabled counterpart with minimal accommodations for various types of disabilities such as guide runners, specialized running prostheses, and racing wheelchairs. Sportable's program is for participants interested in increasing their general health and fitness as well as for those athletes who wish to train for and compete in local races. We currently have both Ukrops Monument 10k and Anthem Richmond Marathon Training Teams in partnership with Metro Richmond Sports Backers. The program is open to individuals ages 8 and up with physical or visual disabilities, including new amputee runners, athletes with visual impairments, and potential wheelchair racers.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Budget $3,100.00
Short Term Success    The organization has begun to utilize preseason and postseason assessments as well as Quality of Life indicator surveys that measure improvements made in physical and psychological health for each athlete.
Long Term Success    Sportable tracks the number of unduplicated athletes and the number of encounters experienced. In past years, numbers of athletes participating and reached in the community have increased.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The challenges that face the organization are the ability to meet the increasing needs of the population that we serve.  As our athlete numbers grow, we are constantly in need of additional program specific equipment, a key component to what we do.  This equipment ensures a safe environment for our athletes to compete on an equal playing field.  Unfortunately, without having the insurance companies to assist, athletes/families are unable to purchase their own equipment, requiring us to have equipment to meet the needs of many different disabilities ( i.e. youth and adults sports chairs, hand cycles, etc.).  The costs associated with the purchase of just one chair is around $3,000.  In addition the storage and upkeep of the increasing amount of equipment is often an uphill battle.
 
In addition to our equipment challenges, Sportable staff works tirelessly to engage the local community in its efforts to meet the needs of a previously unmet segment of the Greater Richmond population.  We are seeking local foundations that fit our scope of services, as well as corporate and private donors to invest in our programs to ensure our sustainability for years to come.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $817,000.00
Projected Expenses $744,100.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$170,132$230,984$206,714
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$209,008$139,176$98,302
------
$19,458$19,485$10,707
Investment Income, Net of Losses($141)$35--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$23,215$48,317$32,454
Revenue In-Kind$81,972$37,835--
Other$367$130$432
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$375,866$300,257$217,129
Administration Expense$39,683$55,831$38,572
Fundraising Expense$68,501$78,524$90,665
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.101.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%69%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%19%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$176,580$155,862$110,506
Current Assets$135,309$117,287$52,134
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$10,528$9,771$5,765
Total Net Assets$166,052$146,091$104,741
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.8512.009.04
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 2016/17View
Comments
Organization Comments
Sportable has experienced a great deal of growth in the past several years in all aspects of the organization- athletes, programs, staffing, and budget size. Our greatest challenge is continuing to meet the needs of our athletes, with our numbers of athletes growing quickly comes the growing need to increase our capacity and sustain the support that is needed in the way of equipment, etc. Our opportunity lies in continuing to cultivate the many local community supporters that share a passion for our mission. Additionally, our proven ability to collaborate with over 25 partner organizations provides additional opportunities to leverage those relationships for securing additional resources to support our programs.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and Review prepared by Davidson, Doyle & Hilton, LLP.
  • Financial information provided by Form 990, with supplemental information provided by the Review.