With the Paralympics going on in Rio de Janeiro, we would like to talk about the opportunities for adaptive sports in Ohio. There are so many places, organizations and opportunities to play adaptive sports throughout Ohio. If you’re interested in getting involved as an athlete, volunteer or mentor – keep reading.
The first organization is called Adaptive Sports Programs of Ohio [ASPO]. They provide competitive and recreational sports opportunities for interested athletes. Their mantra is Dream. Excel. Inspire. It all starts with a dream to get involved. Dream features introductory courses, clinics and recreational sports for all participants at varying levels. Excel is the next rung of the programs ladder. Any athletes involved in particular sports can be aided by ASPO for practices, competitions and tournaments. Inspire is the last part of the program where athletes and volunteers can help to mentor athletes in their individual sports.
Sports offered: Power soccer, sailing/kayaking, sled hockey, softball, track, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and more.
This next organization is out of Columbus, Ohio called The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition [TAASC]. TAASC offers adventure sports to individuals looking for a little more excitement. “TAASC is headquartered on 22 acres of special use park in Powell, Ohio where kayaking, water skiing, fishing, and cycling are based. Sailing is at Alum Creek Sailing Club. TAASC collaborates with area ski resorts, the Ohio Valley Rowing Club, and Chiller Ice Rinks for other sports.”
Sports offered: Alpine skiing, boating/fishing, cycling, ice skating, kayaking, rowing, and sailing.
A couple organizations featured on our website include OhioWheelchair.com, which is a site for those living on wheels. They provide a lot of direction for anyone looking into adaptive sports across Ohio. It is a very good resource.
Recreation Unlimited is another cool opportunity to get involved in recreation and sports. Recreation Unlimited is a camp and retreat center that is wheelchair accessible on 195 acres of land. The “campus features a new 20,000 sq. ft. Life Center, three major residence halls, a private cottage for retreats, multi-purpose lodge, creative center, dining hall, outdoor pavilion, health services center and nurse’s quarters, outpost camp site, administrative and support buildings. Outdoor sports facilities include an aquatic center, aquatic playground, track and field, tennis and sports court, accessible softball field, 25 ft. tree climb, two challenge courses and a 50 ft. Alpine Tower.“
All being said, there are a lot of opportunities for men women and children to get involved in adaptive sports in Ohio. Live for today and get out and play.Tags: accessibility, adaptive sports, Ohio, wheelchair sports