SOAR’s mission is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor accessible activities and help provide them with accessible equipment. There are many benefits to accessing the outdoors: 1) mental, physical & emotional health and wellness, 2) spending quality time with family & friend, and 3) most importantly to view and enjoy all of God’s creation.
We believe that recovery consists of healing the mind, not just the body and that recovery is a journey, not a destination. Being in touch with God’s creation draws us closer to the healing journey of love, grace, peace and joy of fellowship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore the goal of SOAR is to provide not only outdoor accessible equipment and activities but also the resources for people to improve the quality of their life through fellowship.
SOAR provides outdoor accessible recreational opportunities for physically challenged people and families and individuals in need with a key focus of improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. We will motivate, inspire and create opportunities for people with disabilities who are emotionally, physically and therapeutically in need. SOAR believes that recovery consists of healing the mind, not just the body and that recovery is a journey, not a destination.
SOAR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that believes that much can be done in providing improved accessibility and promoting availability of these resources to persons with disabilities. We realize that educating people with disabilities as well as the able bodied citizens of this state is necessary to enhance the opportunities for outdoor recreation for everyone. SOAR will promote accessible recreation to persons with disabilities as well as the general public through special events, newsletters and community education. SOAR will assist in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and work closely with many state, local and private organizations to develop, enhance and/or support recreational opportunities for the disabled across Illinois and other states. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
SOAR along with founder Brian Swift were selected to receive the Saint Xavier University 2017 Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Award. This award is presented to an alumnus who serves s an exemplary volunteer and supporter of the University’s endeavors. Recipients of the award embody the values of the Sisters of Mercy in pursuit of opening new doors to students.
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Over $1.3 Million
Disbursed since inception in 2015
Nearly $700,000 Thousand
In Empowerment Camps & Grants Funding
Over 200 Total
SOAR Athletes served
Individuals & Veterans
From 36 States + Canada funded
Over 160 grants funded
since inception in 2015
Individuals & Families