Each year, the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute hosts a one-day Adapted Sports Festival to build awareness about the availability and benefits of adapted sports participation. The event encourages current and former patients, as well as members of the community with physical disabilities, to become engaged.
The event provides people with disabilities a phenomenal introduction to adapted sports and provides an obligation-free opportunity to try different activities, ranging from wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, adapted golf, hand cycling, adapted martial arts, wheelchair dance, scuba diving, and much more. Attendees can participate in a number of demonstrations, meet with program coaches and participants, and launch their involvement in a number of activities that are available throughout the year, based on their interests.
"Our Adapted Sports Festival unites people with physical disabilities and their families and friends, and is a real eye opener to all of the options that are available to get active and have fun," said Lori Patria, MS/OTR/L, Director of Therapy Services at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. "It motivates people to explore new sports and leisure activities, and allows them to see that they can do some things that perhaps they thought they couldn't. It's a fun day and everyone who participates learns a lot."