Adaptive sports camp offered Aug. 11-15 in area

Wheelchair basketball is among the 15 sports offered at the 29th annual Junior Adaptive Sports Camp on Aug. 11-15. Courtesy photo

One of the country’s most recognized sports camps for children with permanent physical disabilities is back this summer. The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association will host the 29th Annual Junior Adaptive Sports Camp presented by the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation on Aug. 11-15.

Athletes will participate in water sports at North Crown Point Shores on Aug. 11-12, while land sports will be hosted by Southwestern College in Chula Vista on Aug. 13-15. Athletes come from as far away as New York and Arizona to participate, as well as from local schools such as Torrey Pines High School and Carmel Valley Middle School.

This five-day summer camp involves nearly 60 children, ages 4 to 18, with various physical disabilities including spinal cord injuries, amputations, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

Campers work with volunteers and sports counselors who share a passion for adaptive sports, as they learn the fundamentals of sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, archery, swimming, hand cycling, water tubing, water skiing, wheelchair soccer, rugby and much more. They develop important skills to help them stay active and healthy, and develop positive self-esteem, leadership skills and independence.

“Our summer camp helps these kids establish a desire to be involved in lifelong, fun sports activities,” said Nancy Rosenberger, president of the ASRA Board.

On Aug. 15, the camp’s last day, the organization has a free Family Day and Resource Fair that is open to the public. Face painting, food sampling, and vendors providing resources for families with a child or adult with physical disabilities will participate. “We encourage the community to be a part of this event and learn about who we are and what we do. Once you do, you will be hooked,” Rosenberger said.

The Adaptive Sports and Recreational Association provides year-round sports and recreational opportunities to physically disabled youth and adults throughout San Diego County. They offer competitive and recreational sports leagues such as wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and sled hockey. They also offer clinics and camps and are serving a growing military population.

“ASRA is not simply about sports,” said Teresa Miller, in charge of camp and business development. “It is about changing the hearts and minds of people with physical disabilities and empowering them to live their lives to the fullest. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to play.”

The Anthem Foundation’s support has been an integral part of creating these opportunities. This year’s supporting camp sponsors include The San Diego Chargers, Hall Wealth Advisors and the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club.

To be a camper, play as an athlete in a year-round league, join our volunteer team, or sponsor a program, contact Teresa Miller at 858-518-4202 or tmiller@asrasd.org or Marti Hess, executive director, at mhess@asrasd.org. Visit www.adaptivesportsandrec.org.


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