Largest Sporting Event in the Western United States of it’s kind, the 7th Annual DisAbility Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, highlights “Ability over Disability.”

Photo courtesy of The DisAbility Sports Festival.
Photo courtesy of The DisAbility Sports Festival.

Over 1,000 participants will be engaging in over 25 sports and physical activities, Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

The free, one-day event provides opportunities for people with disabilities to try a wide range of adaptive sports and activities, and connect with local clubs, leagues & programs in their community. The event is open to people of ALL ages with ANY physical or developmental disability including paraplegia, quadriplegia, spinal injury, spina bifida, amputee, hearing impairment, visual impairment, neuromuscular disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome & intellectual disabilities.

Over 25 sports will be available for attendees to try including: Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Judo, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Archery, Yoga, Baseball, Kayaking, Canoeing, Golf, Track & Field (running and field events / throwing disciplines), Skateboarding, Biathlon (skiing & target shooting), Adaptive Climbing, Rowing, Sled Hockey, Goalball, Dance, Tae Kwon Do.

Sports Partners include:

  • US Tennis Association (USTA) Wheelchair Tennis
  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) VIP Soccer
  • CSU San Bernardino All-Star Swim
  • Little League Challenger Baseball
  • Disabled Golfers Learning Foundation
  • PossAbilities / Loma Linda University
  • Blind Judo Foundation
  • Rolling Bears Wheelchair Athletic Association (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • California Adaptive Rowing Program
  • Triumph Foundation (Wheelchair Rugby)
  • See No Limits (Archery)
  • US Power Soccer Association / So Cal Vaqueros
  • Incight (Adaptive Cycling)
  • No Limits (Adaptive Climbing)
  • The Skate Connection (Skateboarding)
  • Organization for the Physically Impaired (OPI) Goalball

Coaches and demonstrators are elite level, internationally competing athletes with a disability including current and former US Paralympic team members and World Champions including:

  • Mark Wellman – US Paralympian, Skiing
  • Angela Madsen – US Paralympian, Rowing / Track & Field, World Record Holder
  • Alma Rodriguez – US Paralympian, Basketball
  • Rob Rosser – US Olympian & Paralympic Coach, Biathlon
  • Anthony Lara – US Paralympian, Tennis
  • Walt Dean – US Paralympic Judo Coach
  • Janice Walth – Para-Archery World Champion
  • Bill Davis – World Blind Golf Champion
  • Steve Everett – Team USA Quad Rugby; former #1 ranked Wheelchair Tennis player & 1988 US Open Champion

The DisAbility Sports Festival was created by CSUSB professor of Kinesiology Dr. Aaron Moffett to increase the quality of life and health of people with disabilities by introducing them to sports and physical activity opportunities, and to educate the community about the potential and successes of people in disability sport and physical activity. The DisAbility Sports Festival operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is 100% volunteer run and provides a service learning opportunity for CSUSB students.

The 2013 event will serve as a kickoff for the National Disabilities Awareness Month at CSUSB. “By participating in sport and physical activity, people with disabilities discover there are no limits to their potential and are exposed to multiple opportunities that exist within their local community,” said Dr. Moffett.

The 7th Annual Disability Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, will be held Saturday October 5, 2013 from 9am – 3:30pm on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

Interested participants can register online to confirm a spot and choose their sports.

On-site registration will also be available.

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