Adapted Sports Festival
Each year, the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute hosts a one-day Adapted Sports Festival to build awareness about the availability and benefits of adapted sports participation. The event encourages current and former patients, as well as members of the community with physical disabilities, to become engaged.
The 10th Annual Adapted Sports Festival will be held Saturday, September 15th, 2018.
The event provides people with disabilities a phenomenal introduction to adapted sports and provides an obligation-free opportunity to try different activities, ranging from wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, adapted golf, hand cycling, adapted martial arts, wheelchair dance, scuba diving and much more. Attendees can participate in a number of demonstrations, meet with program coaches and participants, and launch their involvement in a number of activities that are available throughout the year, based on their interests.
"Our Adapted Sports Festival unites people with physical disabilities and their families and friends and is a real eye opener to all of the options that are available to get active and have fun," said Lori Patria, MS/OTR/L, Director of Therapy Services at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. "It motivates people to explore new sports and leisure activities and allows them to see that they can do some things that perhaps they thought they couldn't. It's a fun day and everyone who participates learns a lot."
Ann Cody, 2018 Keynote Speaker
A Paralympic gold medalist, Ann Cody has held leadership positions at the highest levels of the Paralympic movement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Olympic Committee. She is a recipient of the Paralympic Order – the highest honor bestowed by the International Paralympic Committee; George M. Steinbrenner Sport Leadership Award recognizing significant contributions to Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S.; and the University of Illinois Alumni Association's Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Ann is a Special Adviser for the U.S. Department of State responsible for the International Disability Rights portfolio. Prior to joining the State Department, Ann oversaw the Washington, D.C. office of BlazeSports America where she shaped the organization's policy efforts, and helped lead its international sports initiatives. Her Washington experience also includes nearly a decade in governmental affairs advising clients on legislative and regulatory strategies and leading efforts to secure congressional and agency support for disability, local government, health, and sport initiatives.