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Video: Adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities

The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital supports disabled sports teams and clubs throughout Connecticut. The association encourages people with physical disabilities to participate in sports and to experience new sporting activities.

The Sports Association staff organizes and manages disabled sports teams, tournaments and Discovery Nights for many sports. Persons with physical disabilities are welcome to participate and join the teams. Veterans and civilians with physical disabilities are welcome to experience the activities and join our teams.

The Sports Association is a proud member of Disabled Sports USA and is a Paralympic Sport Club.

Sports Association E-Newsletters

Our e-newsletters are now archived online, click the button below. To be added to our e-newsletter email list use the link below. 

Teams

Connecticut Jammers Quad Rugby Team

The state’s only quad rugby team, the Jammers compete in tournaments throughout the Northeast. The team provides new competitive opportunities for athletes with quadriplegia to compete against other athletes in the region. The Connecticut Jammers is a member of the United States Quad Rugby Association.

Connecticut Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team

The tennis team began in 1999 and practices and competes on the hospital’s courts and travels throughout New England for competitions. 

Connecticut Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team

The Wolfpack is the only sled hockey team in Connecticut for people with a physical disability. The team is a member of the Northeast Sled Hockey League, and competes all over New England and within Canada. The Chariots of Hope Golf Tournament helps to support the team through the Gaylord Sports Association. 

Clubs

Alpine Ski Club

The club features trips to the Northeast's Premier Adaptive Ski Programs in Vermont and New Hampshire to learn and enjoy the best adaptive skiing techniques. 

Adaptive Cycling Club

The club hosts a number of rides throughout the state in the spring, summer and fall and welcomes riders of all abilities. 

Water Ski Club 

The club meets and skis at Pachaug Pond. Members learn  and improve their skills at sitting or standing water skiing. 

Other Activities

Teaching Clinics provide participants with a safe, supervised, supportive setting in which to learn or re-learn sports skills. Clinics include:

  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Adaptive Cycling
  • Wheelchair Curling
  • Water Skiing

Discovery Nights introduce people with disabilities to a new sport through an educational demonstration from an expert in the field. Resources are also provided so people may independently pursue the sport. Topics include:

  • Quad Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Sled Hockey
  • Sailing

ParaTriathlon Training Program

In collaboration with the Greater Hartford YMCA the program prepares, trains and supports selected athletes with disabilities to compete in a community-based sprint triathlon in Madison, CT. This is the first ParaTriathlon Division in any community triathlon in Connecticut. If interested, Sports Association members can apply to be a part of the training program and be a sponsored athlete.

Veteran Events

The Sports Association supports veterans with disabilities and Wounded Warriors throughout the Northeast to engage in adaptive sports. Veterans are encouraged to join us for all events as well as programming exclusive to veterans. 

As the founder of the first Connecticut Wounded Warrior Project event we devote a portion of our programming exclusively for veterans including fishing tornaments, kayaking clinics, challenge course initiatives and other opportunities. 

Gaylord Hospital Open or GHO

Each year, golfers with disabilities are invited to join in a 9-hole golf tournament at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford.

Contact Information

See the Sports Association Facebook page for information and upcoming events.

Learn more about the Sports Association call (203) 284-2772 or if you have a question fill out our Sports Assoc. Contact Form below.

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To get involved, volunteer or make a donation to the Sports Association contact:

Katie Joly
Coordinator, Sports Association
Gaylord Hospital
P.O. Box 400
Wallingford, CT 06492
Email: kjoly@gaylord.org
Call: (203) 284-2772

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Locations

Gaylord Hospital Gaylord Wellness Center Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Guilford
Gaylord Hospital

Gaylord Farm Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-2800

Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics
and Sports Medicine

8 Devine Street

North Haven, CT 06473

203-230-9226 / 203-284-2818 Sleep Medicine


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