Chapter 12: Sports, Recreation and Travel
Section 1: Sports, Camps, Recreation And Leisure
Subsection C: Sports for People with Disabilities
BlazeSports is driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives.
The University of Central Oklahoma's Endeavor Games exists to create competitive, fun, safe and high quality sport competitions for athletes with physical disabilities throughout the United States. They aspire to serve the needs of athletes whether they participate for health, recreation or dream of being a Paralympian.
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.
Sponsors wheelchair basketball, softball tournaments, water skiing, snow skiing, scuba diving, fishing tournaments and other summer and winter sports. May host a 2007 state 9-ball pool tournament. People with various disabilities can participate in Spokesmen sports events, although some events must be played from wheelchairs.
Year-round sports activities for individuals with disabilities. Call for information on events and for referral to local Special Olympics programs.
The Center provides a wide variety of services for persons with physical challenges in three major program areas, rehabilitative services, adaptive recreation and community reintegration.
Rehabilitative services provides programs and classes that are designed to improve and/or maintain strength, endurance stamina and overall functional independence. They include: Individually designed rehabilitative exercise programs, Adaptive aerobic, stretching and toning classes, including seated and standing yoga, Breathing and Meditation, Leisure Education, Life Skills and more.
Adaptive recreation provide services that are designed to increase opportunities for challenging and enriching leisure and recreational experiences such as computer classes, creative cooking, creative writing, drawing and painting, handbuilding with clay, and mixed media sculpture, horticulture, and stained glass.
Community reintegration activities promote independence and help people with physical disabilities to participate in the fullest extent possible in the cultural, recreational and social life of the community. Participants enjoy bowling, horseback riding, going to movies, tandem biking, water aerobics, a variety of special outings, such as trips to local parks, theaters, concerts and a junior wheelchair sports program for children and youth with mobility impairments.