Kids test the limits. How far up a tree can you climb? Who can run around the park faster? How far can you kick a soccer ball? For children with special needs and disabilities, though, testing the limits looks different; physical activities don’t often cater to those with such needs.
Boulder Sport Climbing Center does. Located in Harker Heights, Texas (between Austin and Waco), this rock climbing gym is expanding children’s horizons by activating an Adaptive Sports Program in their rock climbing facility. The team takes the time to teach children with special needs different rock climbing techniques. Boulder Sport Climbing Center is easing the hesitation that parents may have for their children by showing them how to test the limits when it comes to being active.
Learn more about the Adaptive Sports Program at Boulder Sport Climbing Center here.
Another great program is Adaptive Adventures in Lakewood, Colorado. Adaptive Adventures offers nine programs from cycling to scuba diving. Their goal is to change lives by providing equal access to outdoor sports for people with disabilities. The team not only schedules events locally but across the country and internationally. Their goal is to provide the best and most exciting experience possible for the participants of the program. The scuba diving program includes scuba trips to Mexico and Honduras to further advance the training of the students.
The University of Arizona has the largest and most successful Adaptive Athletics program in the country. The university has sent 33 athletes to the Paralympics in the 42-year history of the adaptive athletics program.
If you are a prospective college student who is interested in participating in sports, here is a list of the top 21 schools with adaptive sports programs. The programs include basketball, soccer, tennis, and even rugby.
These programs are taking the extra steps to make sure that everyone belongs. It’s not always about who can climb the fastest, or kick the ball the farthest. For some, just standing on the field is the accomplishment.
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