Wheelchair sports camp introduces kids to opportunities

For the third summer, the St. Louis Park High School campus was the site for the No Boundaries Camp on Friday and Saturday.

Kids ages 6-12 with physical disabilities were introduced to several sports through Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Campers had the chance to try out wheelchair basketball and softball on Friday and tennis, track and field, handcycling and nordic skiing on Saturday.

Participants received a participation award at the conclusion of the camp.

Each sport is part of the Paralympic Games which takes place in the same cities and venues as the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Courage Kenny program coordinator Megan Welty said in a press release that these sports require a permanent lower extremity disability to compete. “This includes but is not limited to spina bifida, spinal cord injury, amputee and cerebral palsy. However, we are all about having fun and introducing all kids to sports.”

Courage Kenny is a bronze level Paralympic Sports Club serving as a developmental program from the United States Paralympics program. The program has developed collegiate, national and paralympic-level athletes, like those competing in the Paralympic games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Paralympic developmental coach BethAnn Chamberlain helped introduce campers to nordic skiing on the tennis courts at St. Louis Park High School using a specialized seated roller ski that is used for off-snow training sessions.

Contact Jason Olson at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SunSportsJason.

 

 

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