The public is invited to experience adaptive sports competition later this month at the Triumph Foundation 8th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival. The two-day event features 15 adaptive recreational sporting activities, including wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby (a.k.a. murderball), racquetball, baseball, hand cycling, SCUBA, curling, track & field, wheelchair skating (WCMX), and a wheelchair rodeo race. There will also be a Resource Fair featuring informational booths and exhibitors during the festival.
The Festival will be held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The nonprofit Triumph Foundation works to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. The nonprofit hosts the annual free event to introduce people to wheelchair sports who are newly injured and others with disabilities, including veterans and children. The Wheelchair Sports Festival also provides learning opportunities for the general public, showcasing people living with physical impairment in a way that members of the community do not often see. The goal is to bring together individuals of all abilities – able body and disabled alike – to take part in a weekend of free activities and games.
The Wheelchair Sports Festival is part of the Paralympic Gateway to Gold, a talent identification program that introduces Paralympic-eligible athletes to sports, acts as a pipeline to competition, and is often the first step toward the podium representing the U.S. Paralympic Team.
“This is Triumph’s major event of the year giving people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhances their quality of life through the benefit of exercise, sports and fitness,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner, who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “People travel from all over California to attend this event and we are excited with the anticipation of over 1,000 people to participate this year.”
The Santa Clarita Sports Complex is located at 20870 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita.
Triumph Foundation is seeking community partners to help keep this a free public event. To become a Participant, Event Sponsor, or Exhibitor in the Resource Fair visit Triumph-Foundation.org. Participants can sign up at http://bit.ly/TriumphWSF2019.