Sport for People with Physical Disabilities
About the program: Sport opportunities in Boulder
Our core objective is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sport programs that accomodate injured veterans and people with physical disabilities. Activities include Wheelchair Rugby, Track and Field, Handcycling, Power Soccer, Water Skiing, Kayaking and Swimming.
The city of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND program has received a grant from U.S. Paralympics to provide support and mentoring to injured veterans and people with physical disabilities. Participants are introduced to adaptive sport techniques and opportunities through clinics and camps as well as the Parks & Recreation Department's ongoing Paralympic sport programs.
The program isn't just about sports; it's also about attitude, camaraderie and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. Mentors play a huge role in this process. Made up of Paralympic athletes- athletes who have gone through similar experiences, mentors help participants overcome their own physical disabilities to achieve excellence.
With 21 million Americans currently living with physical disabilities,adaptive sports and recreation is an important community need. The city of Boulder Parks & Recreation EXPAND Program and U.S. Paralympics is leading the development of new Paralympic sport programs and opportunities.
To learn more about our Paralympic Sport Program contact Jen Heilveil, EXPAND program coordinator, at 303-413-7474.
Paralympic Sport Club
Our core objective is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sport programs that accommodate people with physical disabilities. Activities include wheelchair rugby, track and field, handcycling, power soccer, waterskiing and kayaking.
Participants combine 4-wheel downhill mountain biking and adaptive hand cycling.
Boulder’s EXPAND program has given individuals with physical disabilities (amputee, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, muscular sclerosis and traumatic brain injury) the opportunity to hit the open water and water-ski for the last 29 years.
Every Tuesday morning from June to August, numerous volunteers and participants gather at the Boulder Reservoir. From 7 to 11 a.m. the water-skiers cruise up and down the reservoir, smiling the whole time. Below are what two participants have remarked about the adaptive water-ski program.
“The program was run extremely smoothly. I was able to come at 7 a.m. and be at work by 9 a.m. I arrived and before I knew what happened, I was behind a boat going 20 mph across the water. Thanks!” ~Anonymous
“I have been doing this program for 15 years and I wait all year for it to happen.” ~Katie Kirkham
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 15:35