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Area organizations to host adaptive sports event

First-ever adaptive sports roundup will highlight opportunities in Central Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Organizations serving Central Kentucky are joining together for the Adaptive Sports Roundup from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) located within the Kentucky Horse Park.

Demonstrations of more than 20 adaptive sports will be led by representatives from CKRH, EasterSeals Cardinal Hill, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Kentucky Area Therapeutic Recreation Association, Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and Superior Van & Mobility.

Highlighted adaptive sports will include air rifle, archery, bocce, fencing, field events, golf, hand cycle, hunting & fishing, pickleball, power soccer, rock climbing, sled hockey, tennis, therapeutic equine activities, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair lacrosse.

The event is spearheaded by Paul Erway, who is the rehab products consultant for Superior Van & Mobility and has been using his wheel chair since 1980. According the Erway, the event is needed to increase awareness of available resources in the area.

“People don’t realize what’s available when a life-changing diagnosis or accident occurs,” Erway said. “These sports provide positive healing and socialization in addition to promoting healthy living and exercise. Let alone, the economic impact it will have by maintaining their involvement in the community.”

Informational booths and demonstrations will be spread throughout the large CKRH facility for attendees to peruse, Program Director Denise Spittler said.

Additionally, occupational, physical and recreational therapists are invited to attend a special workshop on selected adapted sports from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Participation is free and worth three Continuing Education Units. For more information and to register for the workshop portion, contact Cassie Ginn at 859-992-4597 or [email protected] Registration is required only for this workshop.

“Therapists are typically the first to speak to a person after a change in abilities and form working relationships with clients during the years following,” said Ginn, an occupational therapist at HealthSouth. “They can get people excited about the athletic opportunities available to them.”