Sportable Introduces Rising Stars Program

RICHMOND, VA – (Monday, February 3, 2020) – Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia, is proud to introduce the Rising Stars program. Designed for youth ages 3 through high school with physical disabilities or visual impairment, Sportable Rising Stars is a 20-week program that provides four weeks each of youth-specific instruction in cycling, swimming, track and field, tennis, and rock climbing. Sportable Rising Stars is free for current Sportable members and $80 for non-members. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.

“We are thrilled to offer a youth-specific program to help kids of all ages find their passion by offering introductory sessions for a variety of sports,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “We encourage you to challenge yourself, try something new, and be a part of a team. In the midst of all of that, we are pretty sure you will make new friends, discover talents you didn’t know you had, and most importantly, find out how much fun it is to be a Sportable athlete!”

Sportable Rising Stars is open to all youth ages 3 through high school with a physical disability or visual impairment who are able to follow multi-step directions. Programs will be adapted for all levels of physical disability, including those individuals who are ambulatory or use a manual or power wheelchair. No previous sports experience is necessary.

Sportable Rising Stars will kick off on Mondays, March 30-April 20 with recreational cycling. Cycling is one of the most inclusive sports as there is a bike to match nearly every individual’s ability, needs, and goals and is an ideal program for beginners. Participants will work with experienced cycling coaches and one-on-one with qualified volunteers, as well as in small ability-matched groups.

In partnership with the Weinstein JCC’s Dolphin Club, the Rising Stars swimming session will take place on Mondays, April 27-May 18 and will focus on water safety, swim fundamentals, and stroke techniques. Participants will achieve goals and become comfortable in the water while learning basic skills to graduate into Sportable’s recreational swimming programs and competitive community swim teams.

The Rising Stars track & field program will be held on Mondays, June 1-June 22. With the use of adaptive equipment and qualified volunteers, activities will accommodate athletes who are ambulatory or use a wheelchair while inspiring a love of competing and being active. Youth-specific instruction will include technical development and fundamental techniques with the priority focused on fun and games.

Sportable Rising Stars will resume after the Fourth of July holiday on Mondays, July 13-August 3 with adaptive tennis. With an emphasis on fun, the tennis program will focus on teamwork and individual skill development for participants who play standing or using a wheelchair. Qualified instructors will introduce mobility, technique, and rules of the game in a fun, group instruction environment.

The Rising Stars program will culminate with adaptive rock climbing on Mondays, August 10-August 31. The introductory rock climbing session is a casual, fun, and inclusive way to learn new skills, push limits, and get an adrenaline rush. Rock climbing can be a gateway to a lifetime of adventure and can allow participants to push their limits and change beliefs about what is possible.

To learn more about Sportable Rising Stars, visit Sportable.org, or contact Program Manager, Forrest Lodge, at forrest@sportable.org.  For Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

About Sportable
Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. The only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia and one of the top Paralympic sport clubs in the country, Sportable provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering 13 competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. For more information about Sportable, please visit Sportable.org.