We are Sportable—a TEAM that is small but mighty! We are the TEAM that is always finding ways to create accessible opportunities for our athletes to engage in the abundance of sports opportunities available in our community—it may require some creative solutions but we are ready for the challenge!
Our main goal is to free our athletes to see beyond their disabilities. We feel strongly that sports are just the catalyst needed for individuals with physical disabilities to create that support system that is needed to reduce social isolation.
Each member of our team, which includes our athletes, parents, volunteers, board, and partners believes that Sportable exists to facilitate a change needed in our community—looking beyond one’s physical limitation and empowering them to focus on their abilities!
The great thing about the work we do is the inspirational stories we have to tell about our athletes—whether it be sinking their 1st basket in wheelchair basketball, the smiles on their face when they score a goal in power soccer, their amazement as they refine that serve or kayaking roll, even simply the sense of accomplishment they feel in hand cycling 26.2 miles. We come to work each day to see our athletes transform both on and off the courts!
Doing his best to share the Sportable story with everyone in RVA and beyond, Hunter Leemon is the Executive Director of Sportable. Hunter was introduced to Sportable when he volunteered to lead the Power Soccer team in 2009 – that began a love affair with the organization that carried him to his current position.
Hunter has a passion for sports & the city of Richmond, and he strongly believes that both communities are enhanced by the Sportable team, including athletes, volunteers, staff, board & supporters. He leads the entire organization on a mission to tell the story of Sportable and create a greater impact in Richmond & beyond.
When not busy telling the story of Sportable you can find Hunter chasing his son Oscar around the back yard playing soccer, baseball, kickball or Calvinball. The games always provide good entertainment for wife Dee Dee & cat Bonds.
Cat is from the great city of RVA and is excited to share her passion and experience with Sportable! Cat first learned about the inspirational programming of Sportable when she volunteered at a wheelchair rock climbing event while she was in college. She instantly fell in love with the organization and its mission.
Years later, while exploring and hiking in Nepal, she heard Sportable was hiring and applied as fast as the Nepalese internet could transmit. Cat has over 10 years of programming and recreation experience and has worked in nonprofits throughout the US (including a tiny island in Alaska)! She is psyched to join the Sportable team as the Operations Director.
When she is not at the office or programming, you can find her on the James kayaking rapids, eating at foodie restaurants, daydreaming of traveling to an exotic country, brewing a tasty treat, or spending time with her amazing friends and family.
Director of Programs and Public Relations
Marielle grew up in a small town called Cumberland, Rhode Island. From a young age, Marielle loved spending time outside and playing all different kinds of sports with all the kids in her neighborhood.
Marielle began her sport career at age four when she started on her first soccer team. In middle school she began playing lacrosse, though it always took second place to her first love, soccer. During middle school Marielle and her family moved to Virginia and eventually settled in Powhatan. She continued playing lacrosse and soccer throughout high school, though she eventually retired from lacrosse to pursue playing soccer at Randolph College. Marielle graduated from Randolph College with a B.A in Sports and Exercise with minors in Biology and Spanish. During her time there, Marielle was Student Government President, studied abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, gave campus tours, announced lacrosse games, and worked with the athletic training staff as a student assistant.
After Randolph, Marielle took her talents to the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU. While at VCU Marielle was the graduate assistant for athletic operations and joined the Sportable staff in the fall as a power wheelchair soccer coach. She fell in love with the organization and decided to help out in the spring as a development associate.
In the summer of 2015 Hunter convinced Marielle to travel for the first time to the west coast to take an internship with the Seattle Seafair in Seattle, WA. During this summer she helped produce events such as parades, triathlons, runs, hydroplane races and airshows.
Marielle now lives in RVA. She coaches u9 girls for the Richmond Kickers and enjoys playing soccer, running, and spending time with friends in her free time.
-Marielle can say all 50 states in under 25 seconds
-favorite food: sushi
-named after her grandma
-loves goodwill shopping and pinterest!
Adaptive Sport Technical Director
From a small town born and raised in Kansas, Katie grew up actively competing in multiple sports and that eventually lead to her helping coach some of those sports.
Katie attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas graduating with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. During her last semester interning at CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center, Katie was introduced to and fell in love with adapted sports, including wheelchair basketball, softball, hand-cycling, quad rugby, and much more! Upon the end of the internship she came across the opening at Sportable and jumped on it, deciding to be a part of Sportable was totally worth moving over 1,100 miles away from anything she’s ever known, to get a “Big Kid” job.
When not at work you can find Katie at the gym working out, finding something to do in the outdoors, and most likely talking about her nieces and nephew back home.
Part-Time Director of Finance
Bill has a few decades of experience in accounting and finance, which is why we have him around although not physically that much. You see Bill hails from the Hill City (Lynchburg) and works his trade over the internet. He came to us a few years ago as a program participant and grew his involvement. His belief in Sportable comes from his personal experience in adaptive sports. Competitive by nature but not having participated in sports since a teenager, the barrier to adaptive sports were many for this wannabe athlete. It really came down to equipment and coaching for which a solution was difficult to find until happening upon Sportable. Here he says, he had the opportunity to try many sports until finally settling in on his favorite of handcycling. Now you can find Bill on many weekends for 9 months of the year racing somewhere on the East Coast. Along with training, he enjoys time with his wife and two labs and visiting their 3 grown children.
Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Wendy was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine and moved to Richmond just over a year ago with her husband Mark and two sons, Cody and Elijah. Elijah had been playing wheelchair basketball for 5 years. Wendy’s family decided to move where he could continue to play. After a search online, they found Sportable. After seeing all that Sportable had to offer her kids, they knew they wanted to be in Richmond. One week after moving, they signed Elijah up and he started playing the next day. Wendy began to be amazed with what Sportable was offering the community. It was an organization that she became passionate about…not just as a parent, but as a member of the community. She is excited to be on staff with Sportable!