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Adaptive Sports Night for those with disabilities is Sept. 28

Adaptive Sports Night for those with disabilities is Sept. 28

Upstate to host Adaptive Sports Night Sept. 28: Event features athletic and recreational options for those with disabilities

Experts from Upstate Medical University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and MoveAlong will host an event highlighting sport and recreational options for those with disabilities in celebration of National Rehabilitation Awareness Month. Adaptive Sports Night will be held Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor gym of Upstate’s Institute for Human Performance, 505 Irving Ave. This free event is open to adults and children, and the public is welcome.

Move Along, a local not-for-profit offering inclusive adaptive sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and their allies, will be on-site to demonstrate and answer questions about sporting equipment for activities such as: sled hockey, hand cycling and wheelchair basketball. A pickup wheelchair basketball game will be held in the gym during the event.

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s most recent numbers (2015), one in five Americans has a disability. Mobility disabilities - defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs - was reported in one out of every eight adults.

Upstate’s Tom Spangenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS, event co-organizer, says it’s critical to allow those with mobility disabilities to engage in sport and recreational activities.

“Aside from the benefits to physical health derived from exercise and physical activity, participation in group sports and activities with similar individuals can promote meaningful social relationships, improve self-esteem, and enhance mental and emotional well-being,” said Spangenberg.

Spangenberg hopes to bring greater awareness to the resources available in our community. “The services provided by Upstate and organizations like MoveAlong help those with disabilities reach their full potential and enrich their lives,” he said.

Upstate’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department has a working presence in six regional rehabilitation and care facilities and includes experts from several areas of discipline, such as: physicians, physiatrists, rehab nurses, physical/occupational/recreational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, counselors and researchers.

Free parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the parking garage beneath the Institute for Human Performance; entrance is on Madison Street. Additional parking is available in the Madison Irving Garage; we cannot reimburse for this garage.

For more information about the event, contact Tom Spangenberg at 315-464-1904, 315-475-1433, or spangent@upstate.edu.