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Sports Association Programs

Alpine Skiing

Discovery Night: Our Skiing Discovery Night is offered each December and includes a specialized equipment demonstration, presentation on adaptive skiing, videos, photographs, and information on the Sports Association’s Adaptive Ski Club. All of our Discovery Nights are offered at no cost.

Ski Club: The Sports Association ski club works in conjunction with some of the best adaptive skiing programs in the Northeast including AbilityPLUS at Mount Snow, the New England Handicapped Sports Association at Mount Sunapee and the Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center at Bromley Mountain. Trips run January through March and include transportation from Gaylord Hospital to the mountain, specialized and/or standard ski equipment rental, lift ticket, and a 2 1/2 hour individualized lesson. Come enjoy the slopes with us! Please note that some restrictions apply for this program. Annual doctor’s note required. There is a fee for each trip.



Archery Clinics: Archery clinics provide the opportunity for participants to learn archery in a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere with beginner instruction and an individualized approach. We offer three adaptive archery clinics during the summer months on the South Lawn Gaylord Hospital. Instruction is provided by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and certified archery instructors. These clinics are offered at no cost to participants.

Archery Classes: Our Archery Class Series is a new program started in the spring of 2015. This 6-week class provides beginner archery instruction at CT Archery, a local indoor range. The class includes range time, adaptive equipment and instruction from a certified archery instructor. Registration fee required for the full 6-week series.


Annual Adaptive Cycle Clinic: Our annual adaptive cycling clinic is designed to provide participants the opportunity to work with trained professionals to adapt the sport of cycling and overcome physical impairments. Participants in the clinic will be able to explore dozens of adaptive cycles and find the best equipment for them. Cyclists can try different cycles on Cheshire’s Linear Trail, a flat, protected bike path with no motor vehicle traffic. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from, TiTrikes and Northeast Passage. Registration is open to adults with a physical disability. The clinic is usually held in May. There is no cost for this event.

Cycle Club: Designed for cyclists of all abilities, the club is open to adults with physical disabilities interested in group rides. Each ride may break into several groups based on ability, speed and distance desired in order to meet the needs of each rider. All cyclists and volunteers must register for each ride by calling the Sports Association. You may bring your own cycle or reserve a cycle from our fleet. New members who would like to borrow one of our cycles may be asked to do a pre-fitting before the day of the ride. Rides meet at Lock 12 in Cheshire, CT and follow the Farmington Canal Rail Trail, which is a closed trail, free from traffic. The club meets monthly May through September. Club membership and rides are free.

Indoor Cycling Classes: Indoor cycle classes are a great way to maintain fitness during the winter months. We set up our adaptive cycles on trainers, and a spinning instructor will lead you thorough a 45-minute cycle workout. You can bring your own cycle and trainer, or reserve one of ours.


Wheelchair Curling Clinic: Our annual wheelchair curling clinic is a great opportunity to try this Paralympic sport with instruction from talented athletes and instructors from USA Curling. The sport of Curling includes 4 teammates shooting granite stones down the ice trying to get their stone closest to the center of the target. The clinic is held in October at Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, CT with instruction from the Cape Cod Curling Club. The Club is totally wheelchair accessible from the parking lot to the ice! There is no cost for this event.


Adaptive Golf Clinics: Adaptive Golf Clinics are designed to provide golfers with physical disabilities the opportunity to work with trained professionals to adapt the sport of golf and overcome physical impairments. Participants in the clinic will receive instruction from golf professionals and certified recreation therapists to give the best possible instruction and support independence. Golf equipment is provided. Clinics are offered year-round at Gaylord Hospital, either outdoors on the South Lawn, or indoors in the Roncari Recreation Hall. The clinics are at no cost to our Sports Association members.

Adaptive Golf Club: The Sports Association’s Adaptive Golf Club is open to golfers with a physical disability or visual impairment who are able to complete 9 holes of play independently at a reasonable rate of play. The Golf Club meets weekly throughout the summer at Orange Hills Country Club and The Farms Country Club. Club outings are run by volunteer golf coaches. The annual membership fee includes the option to participate in all golf outings. New members must apply to join the club.

Gaylord Hospital Open “GHO”:This annual 9-hole golf tournament provides an opportunity for individuals with a physical disability or a visual impairment to compete in a friendly competition against other golfers with similar ability levels. Participants should be able to golf independently or with an adaptive golf cart. The tournament awards prizes to the three lowest twosomes and offers prizes for contests, such as closest to the pin. The “For the Love of the Game” recognition award is also presented at the GHO luncheon, which is given to an individual who exemplifies a “tireless passion for the game of golf,” and is in honor of long-time golf member Paul Hickey. The GHO has drawn publicity such as news articles in the Record Journal and coverage on NBC Channel 30, and Channel 8. The tournament is traditionally held on the second Monday of June at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT


Our Adaptive Kayak program is designed to introduce new paddlers to the sports, guide individuals with previous experience in finding out what modifications may be needed, and to provide an opportunity for open water paddling.

Kayak Classes: Adaptive Kayak Classes are held indoors at Gaylord Hospital in the Flagg Pool. “Pool 1” is an introduction to kayaking, parts of the boat, paddle strokes, modifications and transfers. Participants will have the opportunity to be fit to a boat, practice paddle strokes and learn more about the sport of adaptive kayaking in our heated pool. “Pool 2” provides education on basic kayaking safety and skills to allow for continued paddling success. This includes completing a wet exit and exposure to recovery techniques. This two session class is held on Mondays four times per year (February, April, June, November). Classes are taught by ACA certified kayak instructors. There is no cost for this program. Essential Eligibility Requirements apply for this class (contact us or see FAQ’s for more information).

Open Water Outings: Open water kayak outings provide the opportunity for participants to practice skills learned in the kayak classes in the open water. Open water outings are offered during the summer months in collaboration with New Haven Parks and Recreation. Outings occur at varying locations including Lighthouse Point in New Haven (ocean) and Wintergreen Lake (fresh water) in New Haven. In order to join the Sports Association for an open water paddle, participants must have successfully completed both Pool 1 and Pool 2 kayaking sessions. There is no cost to register for kayak outings.


The ParaTriathlon Training Program: This progam is for adult athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment who would like to train and compete in a sprint length triathlon. This program is brought to you by the Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital in collaboration with Wheeler YMCA, Valley Shore YMCA and Chapter 126. Athletes may choose to compete in all three legs of the event, or as part of a relay team. The program includes coaching, equipment, a 3-month YMCA membership, group training sessions and volunteer training partners to help athletes reach their goals. Interested athletes must apply and be selected to participate in the program. Applications are due in April and athletes train from June through race day in September at the Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon. For more information, please contact the Sports Association.

Quad Rugby

Connecticut Jammers Quad Rugby Team: This team is Connecticut’s only quad rugby team and competes in tournaments throughout the northeast. The team was formed in 1991 and came under the sponsorship of the Sports Association in 1996. The team is a member of the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) and plays from September through January in competition against other registered teams. Practices are one day per week throughout the season and the team is always looking for new players and volunteers, so come on out and join in on the fun and competition! For more information on Quad Rugby or joining the team, please contact the Sports Association.

Rock Climbing

Adaptive Rock Climbing Clinic: This clinic is offered to individuals with a physical disability or visual impairment who are interested in learning about and trying adaptive rock climbing with instruction from professional climbers, adaptive sport specialists, and adaptive climbers. This clinic is brought to you by the Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital in collaboration with Ascent Climbing, Prime Climb and Hanger Clinic. This free clinic is usually held in April at Prime Climb, an indoor climbing gym in Wallingford, CT.

Sled Hockey

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Gaylord Sports Association Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team: The Gaylord Wolfpack is the only sled hockey team in Connecticut for individuals with a physical disability.  The team was started by the Chariots of Hope in 2003 and came under the management of the Sports Association in February of 2015.   The team is a member of the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NEHSL) and competes all over New England and within Canada.  The season runs from September through May and practices are held weekly.  Contact the Sports Association for more information or if you are interested in joining the team.

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Wheelchair Tennis Clinic: Professional Tennis Instructor and Certified Wheelchair Tennis Instructor Paul Brower teaches players how to be proficient at this sport of skill and agility. This clinic is open to new players and others who want to try wheelchair tennis. Participants will also receive instruction from the CT Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team! This clinic is held each May at The Wedge Tennis Courts at Gaylord Hospital.

Connecticut Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team
The Connecticut Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team was formed in 1999 as the first wheelchair tennis team in Connecticut. The Hornets practice weekly during the tennis season on Gaylord Hospital’s courts in Wallingford, CT. The team is coached by a USTA certified instructor. Team members have participated in wheelchair tennis camps as well as tournaments across the US. The Connecticut Hornets are a member of the wheelchair division of the USTA. Interested individuals are welcome to join us for a practice!

Veterans Programs

SAVES: Sports Association Veteran Event Series:Designated programming for veterans began with the Connecticut Wounded Warrior Project in 2009, and is now offered as our SAVES program. The SAVES program (Sports Association Veteran Event Series), is geared specifically veterans who have experienced a disability as a way to grow their participation in adaptive sports. Our veteran specific programming has included programs in kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, adaptive cycling and a challenge course. We also encourage veteran participation in any of our regular programs, to not only offer a wider range of opportunities, but to support veterans in attaining a healthy lifestyle, better quality of life, and new peer relationships.

Fishing Tournaments: Our most popular veterans program has become our annual fishing tournaments, which started in 2012. In collaboration with CT Bass Nation and the Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program, we offer two adaptive fishing tournaments per year. The May tournament is held at Candlewood Lake and the September tournament is held at Riverside Park in Hartford. The tournaments offer each veteran the unique opportunity to be paired with an experienced angler who provides the tournament boat, equipment and instruction. The tournament includes an awards luncheon. For an information and application packet, please contact the Sports Association.

Water Skiing

Water Ski Clinics: Adaptive water ski clinics offer participants with a physical disability the opportunity to try, learn and progress in this fast and exciting water sport. Our goal is for participants to experience waterskiing in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Instruction is provided by USA Waterski Certified instructors, recreation therapists and expert water skiers. We welcome both new and experienced skiers to enjoy a day of skiing on Pachaug Pond, located in Griswold, CT. Interested participants must provide an MD note, pass a water safety test and all Essential Eligibility Requirements. This adaptive sports clinic is offered during summer months at no cost to members. Please contact us for more information.


Call: (203) 284-2772