Adaptive Sports Camp, Washington D.C. Registration Now Open

Two weeks of sports, recreation, and fun!

Activities include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, adaptive fitness, cycling, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia, badminton, wheelchair rugby, yoga, martial arts, crafts, and MORE!

Date and Time:
July 30th – August 3rd, 2018 & August 6th-August 10th, 2018

9 a.m. – 4 p.m

Location:
Trinity University
125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20017

Participants:
Ages 6-18 with a physical disability (i.e., spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, or any other orthopedic and neuromuscular impairments)
Campers do NOT need to use a chair for daily living to attend.

Campers must be able to propel wheelchair independently.

imageCost:  $200 Camp

NO SPORTS EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Equipment will be provided. Bring your own lunch.


Hosted by MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports Program in partnership with the HSC Health Care System’s Kids in Action.

 

Click here for Medstar National Rehabilitation Network official website.

I Am Not My Chair

Today, I was asked if I was wheelchair bound.  The question actually threw me off guard for a moment and I found myself struggling to answer the question.  I can’t quite recall my exact answer but I babbled something about being able to use my walker to walk around the house 5 or 10 percent of the time.

As the day progressed, I continued to think about that question and my discomfort with the answer I gave.  Why did I feel like a liar for telling the truth. Continue reading

Model, Athlete & Comedian

Gulfam Ahmed, is what we like to refer to as a “triple threat”.  He’s a model, an athlete and a stand up comedian with a bachelor degree in social work.  Handsome, smart, stylish and funny wrapped up into one package.  You can’t ask for more than that!   The RL team reached out to Gulfam for his story and here is what he had to tell us about a tumultuous journey of orthopedic impairment and his will to defy the odds and his persistence to make a name for himself…..

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Fueled By Faith

 

My Triumph….

        Throughout my eighteen years of life, I have always been very active, always involved with sports and anything that has to do with presence of speed. By the age of 18, I achieved two black belts. One was in Mu Duk Kwan and my most recent was Tae Kwan Do. I spent my high school career playing rugby with some of the best guys I can call my friends. Since I was five years old I began to develop a passion for motocross. I got my first bike at the age of five and have been riding ever since and even started to compete at local race tracks.

        After I graduated high school I got a job at Inland Empire Driveline Service where I started out as a driver and quickly elevated to the head technician of the shop. At Inland Empire we specialized in high performance driveshafts for high horsepower muscle cars and race trucks. I loved what I did and I was good at it. I had more whole life planned out. I thought I would work at Inland Empire for about two years so I can get experience in welding and then go to an engine building school in Texas to become a National Hot Rodding Association (NHRA) head mechanic and by the age of 26 I would have a good stable job and possibly start a family. But as I soon found out, life doesn’t always go the way you expect it to.

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Krankin’ Thru China

When RL first met Domonic Corradin at the 2016 Disability Sports Festival Coachella Valley, we immediately thought, now here is a guy who has the “wow factor” written all over him.  RL just had to find out more about him, his story and what makes him tick.  So after stalking him for several weeks on social media, we contacted him and he agreed to meet with us, allowing us take some photos and to ask him some personal questions about his life.

Dominic grew up in a small town in western Michigan on a small “hobby” farm with goats, chickens, guinnea hens, dogs and cats.  On one catastrophic day in December 1994, while driving toward home from soccer practice, Domonic suffered a T-5/6 spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident.  He spent one week in ICU and an additional six weeks in a rehabilitation hospital.  The very next day after leaving the rehabilitation hospital, Dominic was sitting in his classroom at Whitehall High School.  At this early age, Dominic already had the desire to “get back to life” as soon as possible.  Not only did he want to get back to life but while he was still hospitalized he was also giving back by being a peer mentor to the children in the pediatric unit where he was treated. Continue reading