Join us for S6:EP1 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Shuan Butcher, Communications Manager & Chief Storyteller at Move United sits down with our host Roy Kessel to share how Move United works to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.
Shuan grew up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball; Loving the team aspect of a sport. After volunteering for America Vista, Shuan saw this as an eye-opening experience when it comes to non-profit sectors, and wanted to give back to the community. Shuan then decided to serve as the Move United national leader in community-based adaptive sports, which serves physical disabilities and 200 organizations worldwide. Shuan has been the Communications Manager at Move United for 5 plus years and was attracted to the organization because it allows individuals to play sports, and wants everyone to have an equal opportunity to do such.
Move United is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organization established in 1956 by disabled veterans providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in sports. The vision of Move United is that everyone, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their communities.
Move United is a national multi-sport, a multi-disability organization serving more than 70,000 youth and adults annually. Move United offers programs through its nationwide network of more than 150 community-based chapters in 42 states.
Shuan has been with Move United for five years and has experienced the company’s change and growth through a merger with Adaptive Sports USA 1956, and Disabled Sports USA 1967. Shuan and the company saw this merger as a win for the community, as it helped grow the company staff by 50 percent and helped solidify the community as a whole.
In the next few years, Shuan and Move United look to serve individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and programs for youth. The company seems to become the leader in Adaptive Sports Education, holding annual 3-4 day conferences, and launching a website very soon. Move United holds 24 plus regional competitions around the country and holds a Move United Nationals; which requires qualification and is held in Bermingham, Alabama, in July.
Move United is launching the 2nd full year of USA Wheelchair Football League, which has grown from four to nine teams. The League consists of playing on concrete, on a basketball court inside a convention center indoors; which includes many collisions.
- 89 percent of team USA athletes had participated in a Move United program
- The summer team has 67 percent of athletes participating in Move United program
HIGHLIGHTS OF Shuan’s PODCAST
- 00:00 Introduction
- 00:30 Overview of Move United
- 01:40 Shuan as a kid playing sports
- 6:20 Roles played within non-profit sectors
- 8:20 What attractes Shuan to Move United
- 12:30 Communications/Storytelling
- 19:30 3-4 day annual conferences
- 21:30 What the competitions around the country consist of
- 26:00 Wheelerchair football league
- 29:00 How to reach Shuan and Move United
- 30:00 Parting Words
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND WEBSITE
- Website: https://moveunitedsport.org
- Twitter: Moveunitedsport
- Instagram: Moveunitedsport
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shuanbutcher/