For those with physical disabilities, staying active or participating in sports can be a challenge. The University of Maryland's Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI) is working to help by offering adapted sports and activities. What are adapted sports? They are sports that are modified to allow participation by those with disabilities - for instance, wheelchair basketball or rugby.
On September 16th, UMROI will be hosting their 9th Annual Adapted Sports Festival! This year, Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler from Amputee Walking School will be on site as special guests and will be speaking and assisting in with Track and Field, they are former Paralympic athletes in case you didn't know.
In addition Track and Field events like, Timed Walk and Dash in the Grass, you can see an Amputee Soccer demo or try seated volleyball. Participants will be able to try Adaptive Dance, Bocce, Cycling, SCUBA, Sit Volleyball, Wheelchair Tennis and more.
UMROI has an Adapted Sports program beyond this one day event. If you aren't able to attend or would like to know more about the program in general, please visit their website.