Sportable believes that no one should be left on the side lines. Unfortunately most people with physical or visual disabilities don't have the chance to participate in regular sports activities.
Sportable helps to remove the barriers that often exist to participation, helping to decrease social isolation. Research proves daily physical activity raises self-esteem, helps individuals develop peer relationships, increases achievement/independence, enhances overall health and improves quality of life.
As part of our strategic plan, Sportable has set out to tell our athletes' story to at least 1000 new people every year, by increasing our visibility in the Greater Richmond community.
We are very thankful to have had the support of the local media to share Sportable's mission; Creating Opportunities. Transforming Lives.
Richmond, VA – May 7, 2015 – Sportable is proud to announce that they have reached record numbers of participants in both their Adaptive Kayaking and Adaptive Rowing programs, making river sports accessible for athletes with physical disabilities and visual … Continue reading
Sportable is pleased to announce our partnership with the Dominion Green Power® program, in support of our Monument Ave. 10K Training Team. The team, made up of 22 athletes from across central Virginia, has trained together since early February preparing … Continue reading
For Immediate Release Richmond, VA – March 3, 2015 – Sportable is pleased to announce that its junior wheelchair basketball team, the Sportable Spokes, has qualified for the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament that will be held in Louisville, KY in … Continue reading
Richmond, VA – January 21, 2015 – Sportable is proud to announce that one of its newest youth athletes was recently named to the 2015 United States Paralympic Track & Field National team. Alexa Halko, a fourteen year old athlete, … Continue reading
RICHMOND, VA (Dec 10, 2014)— Sportable is proud to announce that its Junior Wheelchair Basketball team, the Sportable Spokes, won the Bennett Blazers Jr Wheelchair Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Baltimore, MD. The Sportable Spokes defeated the NJ Jr … Continue reading
Sportable is proud to announce that 6 of its athletes will be competing in the HCAVA 8k, American Family Fitness Half Marathon, and the Anthem Richmond Marathon in the Wheelchair Divisions as well as in an Ambulatory Division. One wheelchair … Continue reading
Richmond, VA – Sportable, a local nonprofit organization, was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. This is the second time Sportable has been awarded the grant to help fund their I Am … Continue reading
Sportable youth athlete, Blake Rush, officially signed his letter of intent to play wheelchair basketball at Edinboro University, starting in the Fall of 2014. Rush also received an offer to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Alabama. Rush first … Continue reading
What Northwestern Mutual has recently been named Presenting Sponsor of Sportable for 2014. Northwestern Mutual first became involved with Sportable when Brian Booker, CLTC, was nominated as a member of Sportable’s Board of Directors for 2014. “Northwestern Mutual, Virginia is … Continue reading
What On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that Sportable has been selected to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled … Continue reading
What Sportable will be hosting the 42nd Annual Mid Atlantic Wheelchair Games on April 4-6, 2014. These regional games will be held at various venues throughout the Greater Richmond area including Sports Backer Stadium, Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, and Colonial … Continue reading
What Richmond, VA – March 10, 2014 – Sportable is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 102 grants totaling over $500,000 … Continue reading
What Sportable athletes have been invited to march in Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s Inaugural Parade on the first day of his term, Saturday, January 11th. “Sportable is a unique organization in the Richmond metro area that supports the efforts of the … Continue reading
What Sportable was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from Disabled Sports USA to fund their junior wheelchair basketball team, the Sportable Spokes. The Sportable Spokes participate in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Junior Division. This grant from Disabled Sports USA … Continue reading
Sportable Hosted Tailgate to Raise Money and Awareness What Sportable recently hosted its second annual Tailgate Fundraiser, a signature event designed to not only raise awareness about the ability of our athletes, celebrating their accomplishments but also to raise the … Continue reading
Kristen Lessig and Jenni Yocco developed the idea for Sportable, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and opportunities for athletes with physical and visual disabilities, in 2005, while they were students in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. Today, … Continue reading
Sportable empowers individuals with physical disabilities both to enhance their overall fitness and health and to improve their quality of life. We connect these Richmond area athletes to 13 different adaptive sports programs year-round including tennis, soccer, basketball, track and field, rowing, and swimming. We also provide them with the necessary adaptive gear that may be cost prohibitive otherwise. Our I Am an Athlete Program is designed to increase Athletic Opportunities for Adults and Children with Physical Disabilities in the Metropolitan Richmond Area. Continue reading
Your seven-year-old comes home from a friend’s house upset. The neighborhood boys wouldn’t let him jump on the trampoline and when one boy told your son to go home, the others stayed on the trampoline. No one offered to play something different. Your son is crying and hitting his feet. He says he hates himself. The boys, innocently enough, were afraid of hurting your son. He has spinabifida, after all, a congenital defect of the spine causing paralysis of the lower limbs. He uses a wheelchair. Continue reading
She’s a Power Kid!
The minute John Turner, a Richmond pathologist, met eleven-year-old Taylor Bernard he felt compelled to “be in her corner.”
“She is one of those people you just admire,” says Dr. Turner who is coaching Taylor for an upcoming triathlon. “I feel like I am a better person because I have been able to spend time with her.” Continue reading
There’s a distinct quality – some measure of confidence or strength – that a hardcore athlete exudes, and Christian’s one of them. He’s a star on the Sportable Spokes wheelchair basketball team, but he’s also raced and played tennis, lacrosse, softball and rugby. He trains hard and plays harder, and focuses the rest of his energy on encouraging younger kids to do the same. Sportable, a nonprofit that gives people with disabilities a whole host of sports opportunities, has been on the receiving end of his hard work in more ways than one. Continue reading
Kristen Lessig, Executive Director for Sportable, talks to NBC 12 News at Noon about transforming lives of people with physical disabilities through sports.
Interview about the VCU Broad Street Mile with Executive Director of Sportable, Kristen Lessig.
Elena Russo speaks with Mary Catherine Taylor, a Volunteer Coordinator and an athlete with Sportable, about Adaptive Sports for physical disabilities and the visually impaired.
Elena Russo speaks with Kristen Lessig, Executive Director for Sportable, about transforming lives of people with physical disabilities through sports.