At the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, our Adapted Sports Program helps you get back to living after a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation or other chronic condition that creates physical limitation.
Whether you play for fun or you want a competitive outlet, our wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and adapted golf programs will give you that chance. See our classes and events for a program that works for you.
Benefits of Adapted Sports
Adapted sports give individuals with physical disabilities an outlet to engage in community activities, forge new friendships and have fun. Other benefits of participation include:
- Improved physical strength, range of motion, flexibility and endurance
- Improved emotional well-being
- Social interaction with others with similar interests, who face similar challenges
- Opportunities to engage in competition
This high-energy, high-impact sport is designed specifically for individuals with at least three impaired limbs, typically as a result of a spinal cord injury or amputations.
Open to men and women over the age of 18, this program welcomes players of all skill levels to learn the game through structured practices and scrimmages. Chairs suited for this sport are provided and there is no cost to participate.
We are also home to the Maryland Mayhem wheelchair rugby team. Our team has competed in tournaments in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, where we host the annual Maryland Crab Pot Tournament.
The team practices weekly in the spring and summer at Honeygo Run Regional Park in Perry Hall, MD, and in the fall and winter at the Loch Raven Recreation Center in Parkville, MD.
Our comprehensive adapted golf program enables participants with disabilities to get out on the green and enjoy the game. Adaptive golf carts with swivel seats allow players to hit from the seated position, using golf clubs with flexible shafts and gripping aids.
In partnership with Forest Park Golf Course in Baltimore, we offer two spring golf clinics, followed by weekly golf outings on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.
The season culminates in the fall with our Mix and Mingle Golf Tournament, which pairs golfers with and without disabilities for a day of friendly competition.
The golf program is open to players age 15 and older. There is no charge for the clinic, and discounted tee times are offered through Forest Park Golf Course for practice play.
Our wheelchair basketball program helps former and current patients transition to playing basketball in the Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Therapeutic Recreation Program and produced players on National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) teams. Kicking off each May with an annual six-week clinic, this formalized wheelchair basketball program continues throughout the summer months.
The basketball program welcomes male and female players age 15 and older. Players who do not own a sports wheelchair can borrow one from the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks.
There is no cost to participate, and able-body family members and friends are encouraged to play. Drills, skill-building exercises and scrimmages are held on the basketball courts on the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute campus.
Adapted Sports Festival
Our annual Adapted Sports Festival, a one-day celebration of our adapted sports program and athletes, provides people with disabilities the opportunity to try different activities, including:
- Wheelchair basketball
- Wheelchair rugby
- Adapted golf
- Hand cycling
- Adapted martial arts
- Wheelchair dance
- Scuba diving
Sign up to volunteer at the Adapted Sports Festival.
Adapted Sports Volunteers
Volunteer support is critical to our success. While many members of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's staff devote time and energy to make this program possible, we are always looking for volunteers from the community to help with our programs and special events. Learn more about volunteering at UM Rehab.