About the Program
The Adaptive Sports Academy gives our patients an opportunity to develop skills and interests while promoting mobility and activity. The events reinforce therapy goals by engaging participants in new activities and requiring them to use their bodies in different ways. In addition to the physical benefits of participation, patients also experience increased self-confidence and independence following Academy trips. Often, once participants realize they are capable of and enjoy the sports and activities, they are encouraged to continue their involvement long after the initial event. The outings also serve as a unique opportunity for kids to socialize with other patients, and connections are often cultivated between families who stay in contact long after the event ends.
Patients who are eligible for these experiences are those who require adaptations to equipment to participate and often need support of a trained guide to safely engage. Patients with diagnoses of cerebral palsy, limb amputation and significant limb length discrepancy make up the majority of our referrals. Participants must be active HSS patients who are cleared to participate by their HSS physician.
- Horseback Riding
- Indoor Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Sports Skills Clinic
- "[The instructors] made me very happy to be able to be like other kids without disabilities."
- "We had a great time and we built our confidence that we can do anything."
- "It's a great opportunity to make new friends and find out passion in these events and mostly to have fun and show other we can do what they can do we are no different."
- "It is important to widen the narrow comfort zones for these children. Many of these kids have very structured lives with doctors and therapists appointments. It is amazing for them to feel totally free on a day like this when they can feel like they are flying!"
- "When you offer this to him, it gives him the opportunity to feel like he can do anything. It helps with his self-esteem and his self-confidence and he can take that with him when he leaves here."