When we were announced as a new Paralympic Sport Club for northeastern Oklahoma, it was a very exciting time for us at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. Having the Paralympic Sport Club Tulsa designation is an honor and it presents some wonderful opportunities for us to showcase our Adaptive Sports programs. One opportunity is our first “Paralympic Experience,” a community event to bring together individuals, with or without a physical challenge, in a fun, energetic and creative way.
Most of us know someone, either directly or indirectly, with a physical disability or challenge. It could be a hearing or vision impairment, a dexterity issue from an accident, a cognitive issue from a stroke or head injury or a disease such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or muscular dystrophy. Regardless, these people need to feel a part of something; they want to feel productive and included.
This is where adaptive sports come in — the key word being “adaptive.” The Paralympic Experience will offer sitting volleyball, Bocce ball and wheelchair basketball. These are just a few of the sports that have been “adapted” for people with a wide range of physical limitations … it allows them to be “unlimited.” They become included, they join others interested in sports and they see that they can still have fun.
Another great thing about the Paralympic Experience is that it is for people of all ages, and it includes people with or without a physical disability. So, you can join your friend or family member in a sitting volleyball game or a Bocce ball round, or even get in a sports wheelchair for some wheelchair basketball. You, too, are without limitations just like your friend or family member as you experience adaptive sports.
Make plans to join us Saturday, Sept. 15, for The Center’s Paralympic Experience. You can pre-register at www.tulsacenter.org or register onsite starting at 8 a.m. The events and clinics begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. We received confirmation from the US Paralympics group that we will have a Paralympian Athlete at our event to share some tips on sitting volleyball.
The event takes place at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 South Utica Avenue in Tulsa. If you’ve never been to our facility, you are in for a treat — you will be very pleasantly surprised!
Questions? Contact Margie Crossno, Paralympic Sports Coordinator or Sherry Setters, Director of Community Relations at 918-584-8607. Details and a pre-registration form are available at The Center’s website.
Sherry Setters is director of community relations for THE CENTER for Individuals with Physical Challenges