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In just a little over a week we get to have a “hands-on” experience with not 1, not 2, but 3 different adaptive sporting clinics from our power wheelchairs!! An opportunity like this does not happen very often for those of us with physical disabilities that use power wheelchairs. I encourage everyone to venture out of your house and come! Bring a friend (or 5)! You will not only be able to do these things, but you will also make some awesome friends along the way!  I will be out there, and am so very excited!! I know I am not the only one who is excited, so be sure to reserve your spot by contacting Miles Shaffer at mshaffer454@gmail.com or give him a call at 940-577-0473. We will be playing at the Maverick Activities Center Indoor Soccer Gym at UTA (University of Texas at Arlington). That sounds so official! This will be taking place all day on Saturday, July 19. Yes, lunch will be provided. So again be sure to make reservations!

Let me tell you a little bit about each one of the clinics:

Clinic 1 9 AM-11 AM Boccia Ball-

Although this game originated a long time ago in Italy, the popularity of it has spread worldwide! It has been a part of the Paralympic games since 1984.  It is played on a flat, smooth surface by either individuals or teams paired in threes. Athletes throw, kick, or use an assistive device to propel leather balls to a target.  I am very much looking forward to playing this one. I had never heard of it before. It is similar to bocce ball which I had heard of but never played!

Clinic 2 1 PM-3 PM Power Hockey

It is a competitive, fast-paced hockey game using a power wheelchair. Using modified ice hockey rules this enables those of us in power wheelchair’s to be able to play hockey in a competitive team setting. I found the history of how power hockey came about very interesting.In the 1970s it was discovered by accident when some schools had been giving sport lessons to the disabled students.  This type of sport was great for them because it does not require much muscle power to operate the stick or the wheelchair.

Clinic 3 3 PM-6 PM Power Soccer-

This is the first is the first competitive sporting event that was designed specifically for those using power wheelchairs!  It is also the fastest growing sport. It is played very similar to able-bodied soccer.

Clinic 2 and 3 both require the use of a power wheelchair!

If you need more details or information about the clinics or to register Miles is your man! His contact information is above.  A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in making this happen! Thank you Camp Craig Allen, Turning Point, and UTA! Hope to see everyone there!