ASF Adaptive Sports Jam 2019
Being in a wheelchair or having another serious disability doesn’t have to be the end of someone’s drive to compete, be athletic, and to push themselves in friendly challenges to achieve physical goals. The good news is organizations are out there to help potential wheelchair athletes, and others, get ready for events and then compete. Two leaders in this space is the charitable community organization ASF Adaptive Sports, from Florida, and West Coast leaders in Wheelchair Motocross related activities Southern California’s SoCal WCMX. In exciting news, the groups held the 1st Annual Adaptive Sports Jam 2019 on February 15th and 16th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Their approach to adaptive sports organizing is inclusive, fun, and puts an emphasis on keeping things as safe as possible.
“When I was introduced to WCMX, I knew I wanted to be involved with the sport. As I learned more about it, I was so inspired to see how much it was changing the lives of people who depend on using a wheelchair daily. They have many obstacles to overcome and WCMX helps to increase their confidence while negotiating life in a wheelchair,” commented Tina Tallman, Vice President of ASF Adaptive Sports. “That was the spirit behind the February 2019 competition and it was a huge success, a win-win for everyone involved, from the wheelchair athletes to the volunteers, to the friends, family, and enthusiastic community members who came out and show support.”
The 1st Annual Adaptive Sports Jam 2019 was held at the new St. Petersburg Skatepark, located in Campbell Park near downtown St. Petersburg and is a very well-regarded place for action sports. The event format showcased a variety of adaptive and action sports that are enjoyed in the local area with highlights like WCMX/ Adaptive Skateboarding, Wheelchair Sports, Wind Sports, Water Sports, and even a Wheelchair Obstacle Course featuring a wide range of diverse challenges for chair users of all ages. The event was completely family-friendly, so the little ones came along and watch the excitement.
Of course, holding something like the 1st Annual Adaptive Sports Jam 2019 would be impossible without dedicated sponsors like Affordable Medical LLC, who care about wheelchair athletes, people with other disabilities, and the community-spirit in general. See you guys next February!