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City of Colorado sprigns Therapeutic Recreation Program and U.S. Paralympics to Host Paralympic Experience
Monday, July 29, 2013


The City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) will be hosting a Paralympic Experience in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The event is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30th, at the Prospect Lake Boat Ramp in Memorial Park (near Costilla and Hancock) from 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

“We are excited to work with our partners, local bike specialist AngleTech Cycle Different and the National Sports Center for the Disabled, to provide the opportunity for hands-on participation in adaptive kayaking and adaptive cycling,” said Diane Ridderhoff, TRP Supervisor.

This event will introduce individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments, including youth, adults and military veterans, to Paralympic sports.  The event also welcomes parents, teachers, program leaders and rehabilitation specialists.

“The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being in individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments, and we are thrilled to be working with the Therapeutic Recreation Program on this initiative,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.  “Research shows that individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school and at their jobs, and have an enhanced quality of life.”

Paralympic Experiences are being held in communities throughout the country.  For registration information on the Colorado Springs event, visit www.springsgov.com/tr or call (719) 385-6958.    Participation in the Paralympic Experience is free. 

 

About City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program:

The mission of the TRP is to provide opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to acquire skills that enable them to participate in leisure experiences of their choice and enhance their abilities to function within a community setting. For more information, visit www.springsgov.com/tr.  

 

About U.S. Paralympics:

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.