On Thursday, April 25th from 2-6pm, Athletes Roll and SNHU Campus Recreation will be hosting a free Adaptive Sports Showcase at Southern New Hampshire University in the Stan Spirou Fieldhouse. This will be a perfect opportunity to try out several adaptive sports including Power Soccer, Wheelchair Basketball, Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Badminton, and Goalball. Over 20 organizations will be represented from all around New England. Attendees can ask questions about athletic and recreational programs for people with disabilities, learn about volunteer opportunities, and speak with some amazing adaptive athletes.
Power Soccer, Wheelchair Basketball, and Sled Hockey (on wheels, not skates!) are some of the exciting adaptive sports you’ll be able to try at the SNHU Adaptive Sports Showcase.
Abby Duffy – Visually Impaired Skier
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country – Wheelchair Tennis (Interactive)
Arika Zielfelder (Everproven Crossfit) / Zach Sotiriou (CrossFit Amoskeag)- Adaptive Crossfit (Demonstration)
Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports – Adaptive Cycling (Interactive)
New England Blazers – Wheelchair Basketball (Interactive)
New England Disabled Sports – Adaptive Skiing, Rock Climbing, and Archery equipment
New England Healing Sports Association – Adaptive Skiing and Kayaking equipment
Northeast Passage / Northeast Sled Hockey League – Sled Hockey (Interactive)
REQ Rehabilitation Equipment Associates, INC – Power Soccer (Interactive)
SMILE Mass – Beach and running wheelchairs
SNHU Sports Management – Goalball (Interactive)
Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers – Wheelchair Badminton and Adaptive Cycling (Interactive)
Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports – Adaptive Skiing equipment
Wheelchair Health in Motion – Adaptive Fitness (demonstration)
Information will also be on hand from several organizations unable to attend. This event will provide an opportunity for the SNHU and Manchester communities to learn about the many sports and recreation opportunities available to people with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability, this will be a great chance to stop by and try one of these awesome sports! Having a disability does not limit anyone to the sidelines. The fun and camaraderie of being on a team is available to all with adaptive sports ranging from recreational to highly competitive. Able-bodied individuals are also encouraged to stop by and try all of the interactive sports we have to offer. You may find a connection with a sport and become involved through volunteering, fundraising, or coaching! If this sounds like something of interest to you, click here to head to the Facebook event page and subscribe for future updates.
The SNHU Adaptive Sports Showcase was made possible through a SNHU Diversity and Inclusion grant as well as strong collaboration with SNHU Athletics and Campus Recreation. We are so happy to be able to bring adaptive sports to SNHU and the Manchester area and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve put together! Please help us spread the word and we’ll see you soon!