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Wheelchair Sports Clinic

June 16, 2005 01:07 PM
Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties and Invacare Corporation will offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a series of wheelchair sports clinics at Volusia Invacare Day Saturday, July 16. This family event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus of Daytona Beach Community College, 1200 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

This unique sports clinic will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about and experience sports including tennis, swimming, basketball and baseball. It will be led by Invacare’s professional team of athletes, including Port Orange resident Nancy Olson, two-time Paralympics tennis silver medalist. This event is open to anyone – youth and adult -  who is mobility impaired and is not limited only to those individuals requiring wheelchair assistance.  Family members and caregivers may also participate. Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to attend.

Easter Seals has long been recognized as a leader in providing services for children and adults with disabilities and their families which help them live better lives.  The wheelchair sports clinic appropriately fits into Easter Seals’ objective to offer programs which help people with disabilities live with greater independence.

“Sports offer an opportunity to develop life skills needed to succeed including communication, teamwork and commitment,” says Lynn Sinnott, President of Easter Seals.  “Research points to elevated self-esteem and self-confidence in those involved in sports, characteristics that are an important part of leading an independent life for children and adults with disabilities.”

Invacare Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles for people requiring home and other non-acute care, is co-sponsor of the event.  Also supporting the event are the City of Port Orange, the City of Daytona Beach, PCSports, Daytona Beach Community College and USA Tennis, Florida.

For more information or registration, contact Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties at (386) 255-4568.
 

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