Since 2006, the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp has served youth from third grade through high school with lower limb disabilities. This is the only camp in the state where youth with physical disabilities and visual impairments using wheelchairs can compete in recreational Paralympic sports. Athletes can participate in track and field, basketball, hand cycling, football, rugby, softball, tennis, and many others. Our goal is teach these athletes that they are capable and can be successfully in athletic activities. This exposure and training will then help these athletes build confidence to face other obstacles that will come up in their lives and find a way to overcome them.
The mission of the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp is to give qualified athletes with lower limb disabilities around the State of Iowa an opportunity to participate in various types of athletic events using different wheelchair sports equipment.
“It has made people realise that athletes are athletes and people are people. It doesn’t matter if you’re Usain Bolt or in a wheelchair, we’re all people.
ADAPTED SPORTS CAMP GOALS
One of the goals of the UNI Adapted Sports Camp is to help increase the physical activity level of all young people with physical challenges. Playing adapted sports promotes fitness as well as discipline, teamwork, and camaraderie. The camp focuses on physical and social development through participation in recreation and sports activities in a structured environment. All participants receive instruction in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, track, and field, hand-cycling, adapted tennis, rugby, rock climbing, sitting volleyball, weightlifting and archery by expert coaches who help them develop and refine their skills in each activity.
Participants have the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities while they enhance daily living, sensory-motor-perceptual, strength, and hand-eye coordination skills. Participants are encouraged to be as independent as they can, and are given the freedom to interact with their peers. Wheeling around campus with their teammates to meals and recreational activities are pure fun and are important for learning.
The camp also demonstrates to those with physical challenges and visual impairments that they can be independent and productive in school, the workplace, and their communities, thereby contributing a great deal to society. Because these young people have fewer alternatives for health promotion, the SportAbility Adapted Sports Camp exists to give people with physical disabilities opportunities for growth that will last a lifetime, and ultimately change the way the world view people with physical challenges.
Track and Field