CSU, Chico News

Students with Disabilities to Play and Compete in Adapted Sports Day on Friday

Date: 11-06-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Students with disabilities from Butte, Sutter, Yuba, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta counties will participate in the 8th Annual Adapted Physical Education Sports Day on Friday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Acker and Shurmer gymnasiums at California State University, Chico.

More than 100 K–12 students with visual, hearing or orthopedic impairments will compete in the sporting events coordinated by the CSU, Chico Adapted Physical Education Program faculty and majors along with the Northern California Adapted Physical Education Consortium.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. in Acker Gymnasium, and opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. A closing ceremony concludes the day from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.

Students will participate in both individual and team sports from 10 am to 12:30 p.m. Team sports include goal ball, wheelchair soccer, team handball, volleyball, golf and Nerf football. The climbing wall will be open from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Adapted PE Sports Day has attracted more than 200 people, including participants, their families and their teachers, each year since it was created seven years ago.

“The primary participants are kids who might be able to participate in Paralympics in the future. This day exposes them to sports and gets them excited about moving and participating,” said Rebecca Lytle, professor of kinesiology. “It provides a rare opportunity to compete together in such things as wheelchair team handball. And the college students who help put the day on learn how to host a large event and make adaptations for a variety of skill levels. It ends up being the thing that has the must influence on them over the course of the semester.”

For more information, contact Lytle at 530-898-4298.