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Bocce & Kids

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News January 2015

Children and young adults with disabilities learned about the sport of bocce from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) members during a new event designed to introduce kids to adaptive sports.

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Adaptive Adventure Day was put together through a partnership between PVA, HSC Healthcare System and Disabled Sports USA. The late-fall event at the University of Maryland brought together more than 60 children with disabilities and young adults ages 8 to 21 and paired them with opportunities to try up to four adaptive sports including bocce, cycling, kayaking and sitting volleyball.

The event was designed as a means for past and current military service members to volunteer as mentors and coaches for the children. Ernie Butler, sports director at PVA, along with Travis Greaves of the PVA sports department, facilitated the bocce event.

“It was both enjoyable and an opportunity to meet a lot of local folks in disabled sports,” Butler says. “We are going to continue the relationship with them in the local area.”

The hope is to run the Adaptive Adventure Day annually, as well as some smaller quarterly events throughout the year.

 

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