Changing Perceptions in Schools Program

October 11, 2013

HCPS Partnership

Sportable is proud to announce that it has officially partnered with Henrico County Public School to offer educational programs in a number of their schools, funded in part by a grant from the Anthem/WellPoint Foundation. In recognition of Disability History and Awareness Month this October, Sportable will be visiting Echo Lake ES, Longdale ES, Ward ES, Hungary Creek MS, Deep Run HS, Hermitage HS, and Highland Springs HS to provide experiential educational sessions in adaptive sports. These sessions will give students of ALL abilities a chance to try a variety of adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, goalball, and cycling for instance.

The programs will be conducive for all students: “Each school represents both a geographic and demographic population that will allow Sportable to provide educational experiences to students with and without disabilities,” said Nyah Hamlett, director of Exceptional Education and Support Services for HCPS.

“We’re so pleased to provide these new opportunities for children,” said Kristin Lessig, co-founder and executive director of Sportable “Together, we can transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport and have a lasting impact in the community by helping change perceptions that often exist about the ABILITIES of individuals with physical and visual disabilities. What better way to ensure this shift occurs than by providing hands-on learning experiences to our youth, while also working to create a more inclusive environment for the students with physical disabilities.”

Sportable is excited to reach out to a new population through this unique partnership with HCPS and firmly believes that it will yield long-lasting effects on the Greater Richmond community.