Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, will host its 6th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, featuring ten adaptive recreational sports that are open to the general public to participate.
The adaptive sports include wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby (a.k.a. murderball), racquetball, baseball, hand cycling, SCUBA, curling, track & field, wheelchair skating (WCMX), and a wheelchair rodeo race. There will also be a resource fair and the organization is looking for community partners.
Triumph Foundation hosts this free event to introduce wheelchair sports to people that are newly injured, Veterans, children, and others with disabilities; as well as provide learning opportunities to the general public and showcase people living with physical impairment in a way that members of the community do not often see. The Wheelchair Sports Festival brings everyone together of all abilities – able body and disabled alike – to take part in a weekend of games and activities.
The Wheelchair Sports Festival is part of the Paralympic Gateway to Gold initiative that is a talent identification program introducing Paralympic-eligible athletes to sports, acting as a pipeline to competition, and is often the first step toward the podium representing U.S. Paralympic Team.
Triumph Foundation’s founder, Andrew Skinner, said, “This is Triumph’s major event of the year that gives people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with their friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhance their quality of life through the benefits of exercise, sports and fitness.” Skinner suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident. “We have people travel from all over California to attend this event and expect around 1,000 people to participate this year.”
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Triumph is seeking community partners to become event sponsors and exhibitors in the resource fair to help keep the event free.