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Temple's Adaptive Recreation Day, May 22

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair Sports Program is partnering with the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports and Temple University’s Disability Resources and Services to host an Adapted Recreation Day on May 22nd, 2010. This event will take place at Temple University and will showcase numerous recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

The Rec Day will be free to all participants, so please get the word out to everyone. A large segment of the event will be set up as a Paralympic Experience, introducing students, teachers, parents, and health care professionals to Paralympic sports. Details are below.

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
9am to 5pm
Temple University
15th and Norris Streets,
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We have secured four indoor basketball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor track, and (tentatively) an indoor swimming pool. Free parking is available to all participants, guests, and volunteers.

We will demonstrate the following sports at the Rec Day. Guests can try out the different sports and receive information about how to get involved with the various programs.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital:
Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Tennis
Power Soccer
Wheelchair Racing
Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports:
Sled Hockey
Tandem Cycling
Swimming (if pool is available)
Kayaking (if pool is available)

In addition to the demonstrations, we will have tables with resources on other activities like adapted flying, surfing, art, and curling. We would love to showcase more recreational activities. If your organization would like to hold a demonstration or simply distribute some literature about what you do, please let me know.

There are many organizations in the Delaware Valley that provide adapted recreational opportunities. However, there is virtually no collaboration among the different entities. We hope the Rec Day to be a one-stop shop for disabled individuals to get exposed to a multitude of different activities. Please send this out to your contacts so we can get as many people as we can to enjoy this event. The Rec Day is FREE to all participants.

The success of this event will be heavily dependent on volunteer support. If you have access to potential volunteers, please send out this request for help. Have them contact me directly.

Lunch will be provided for all participants, guests, volunteers, and vendors.

We plan to invite vendors who cater to the disabled community. I have already reached out to several, and if you know vendors that would be ideal for this event, please let me know. There will be a small fee for vendors to set up a booth or table.

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