In a recent news release, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) announced the 2013 schedule of its summer sports program, which features more than 100 adaptive sports events and programs nationwide for youth and adults with disabilities. The SummerFest sports series aims to help ensure that participants with physical disabilities receive state-of-the-art adaptive equipment, instruction, and competition in a range of summer sports which include archery, cycling, track and field, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, canoeing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving, and fishing.
The release reports that more than 100 events in more than 30 sports and in 27 dates will be offered by DSUSA in partnership with 60 DSUSA chapters and other partnering organizations. DSUSA is also reportedly providing severely injured Boston Marathon survivors with the opportunity to participate in any DSUSA program, free of cost to both survivors and their families.
Kirk Bauer, JD, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran, explains that the program will encompass outdoor sports that allow individuals with disabilities to lead full and active lives. “We are committed to continue integrating wounded warriors into community sports events as well as providing more sports opportunities for youth with disabilities, especially low-income youth,” Bauer adds.
According to the release, military programs featured include learn-to and competitive events for wounded warriors. The programs are offered as part of DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports. Activities are slated to be held for wounded warriors rehabilitating at major military hospitals, VA hospitals, and other military medical centers nationwide. The SummerFest sports series includes national and regional competitive events and training opportunities.
For more information and to view a full calendar of SummerFest events, click here.
[Photo Credit(s): DSUSA, Eddie Campo, Cesar Vence, Robert Jacobs]