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Adaptive Sports Fest

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Southern Connecticut State University
Moore Field House
125 Wintergreen Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
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The Adaptive Sports Fest is offering sports demonstrations and mini-clinics in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, golf, yoga, boccia, goalball and wheelchair lacrosse. Participants can register for the event and for one or more mini-clinics. Registration is FREE. Online registration will close on April 5, 2018 at 12 Noon. 

For more information about this event, please contact the Sports Association at (203) 284-2772 or


The Adaptive Sports Fest is a once a year opportunity to learn about dozens of adaptive sports available in Connecticut. This free multi-sport event is designed to introduce adaptive sports to individuals of all abilities, with a focus on Paralympic Sports, and features adaptive sports clinics, sport demonstrations and representatives from several adaptive sports organizations in Connecticut.

The Sports Fest is open to individuals with physical disability or visual impairment, veterans with a disability, healthcare professionals, students, and other individuals interested in learning more about adaptive sports.

Join the Gaylord Sports Association, the Institute for Adaptive Sports & Inclusive Recreation at Southern Connecticut State University, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center, and other adaptive sports providers at the third annual Adaptive Sports Fest.

About the Gaylord Sports Association


Steve Emt adaptive athlete and speaker at 2018 Sports Fest

This year's guest speaker is Steve Emt. Steve recently competed as a member of the USA Wheelchair Curling Team in the 2018 Paralympics. An athlete all of his life, he was an All-New England soccer goalkeeper and an All-State basketball player in high school. In college, he earned a spot on the UConn men's basketball team from 1992-94. In 1995, he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed. Steve went back to school to earn his teaching certificate, going on to coach high school boys' basket ball for 20 years. Then in 2012, he was introduced to wheelchair curling where he progressed up the ranks and was chosen for the 2015 World Team. He is currently the vice-skip of Team USA and recently returned from competing in the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Steve's presentation will kick-off the 2018 Sports Fest. Join us as Steve shares his story of overcoming life's challenges, achieving his dreams on and off the ice, and his journey to compete on the world's stage.


Jillian walking with the Ekso exsosketeton

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is the only facility in Connecticut to have the Ekso bionic exoskeleton. Ekso is a portable, adjustable exoskeleton designed to help patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness from a spinal cord injury (SCI) or other neurologic condition, including stroke and multiple sclerosis, to stand and walk. This is a great opportunity to learn about this impressive technology. Learn more about the Ekso.


10:00 - 10:30  Welcome and Guest Speaker Steve Emt

10:30 - 1:00    EXPO AREA

10:30 - 1:00    GOLF with the Sports Association Adaptive Golf Club

10:30 - 11:00  SEATED YOGA class with Tanya Sage

10:30 - 11:00  GOALBALL clinic with Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness

10:45 - 11:15 EKSO Bionic Exoskeleton Demonstration

11:00 - 11:30  WHEELCHAIR LACROSSE clinic with Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness

11:00 - 12:00  WHEELCHAIR RUGBY with the Gaylord Sports Association Jammers

11:00 - 12:00  BOCCIA Clinic with the Gaylord Sports Association

11:45 - 12:15  EKSO Bionic Exoskeleton Demonstration

12:00 - 1:00    WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL with CT Spokebenders and Chapter 126


The expo area has representatives from local adaptive sports organizations. This is a great way to get connected with different organizations and learn about adaptive sports opportunities in your area. Sports represented in the expo area will include:  cycling, golf, horseback riding, archery, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, sled hockey, boccia, kayaking, yoga, curling and more!


The organizing committee for the event includes the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, the Institute for Adaptive Sports & Inclusive Recreation at Southern Connecticut State University and Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness.

Gaylord Sports Association

Gaylord Sports Association logo

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association has been dedicated to helping people with physical disabilities experience the benefits of adaptive sports and recreation for over twenty years. We offer the most diverse adaptive sports program in the state of CT, with over a dozen different sports, ranging from introductory recreation activities to highly competitive sports teams. The Gaylord Sports Association is a program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, CT. The program is proud to be a Bronze Level Paralympic Sports Club and a Chapter of Disabled Sports USA. Visit to learn more about the program.

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern CT State Univ. logo

The Institute for Adaptive Sports & Inclusive Recreation (IASIR) at Southern Connecticut State University strives to be the regional leader in educating, facilitating, promoting and evaluating adaptive sport and inclusive recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities. The institute engages in research, provides relevant educational opportunities, facilitates adaptive sports opportunities and advocates for increased opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in sport and recreation experiences that occur in the least restrictive environment.

Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness

Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, named after the U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 126; giving people with disabilities equal opportunities, is an adaptive recreational sports and fitness center, open to youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical disabilities. The first facility of its kind in New England, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness is a state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot facility dedicated to improving the health and wellness of youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical disabilities, as well as their caregivers and families. Chapter 126 is located in Bristol, CT.


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