Paralympics Day coming to YMCA on Oct. 19

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The Wheeler Regional Family YMCA will host Paralympics Day Sunday, Oct. 19 with activities to showcase its innovative Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program, and to give members of the community the opportunity to connect with Y partners who specialize in working with people with disabilities.

The Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program offers people with disabilities, including those who have suffered traumatic injury or an illness compromising their physical ability, the opportunity to improve all aspects of their physical and mental condition.

Paralympics Day will be held at the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Demonstrations at the event include Wheelchair Rugby with The Gaylord Jammers’ Quad Rugby, Wheel Chair Basketball with the Hospital for Special Care Spokebenders, and volleyball facilitated by the Wheeler Y. There also will be racing chairs available to try out.

Gaylord Hospital, Oak Hill, Achilles, Advanced Wheels, The Hospital for Special Care, and other local organizations that work with persons with disabilities will be at the event.

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“The athletes participating in the Y’s Adaptive Sports Program are an inspiration to all. Together with our community partners, we are helping para-athletes lead healthy lifestyles, with exercise and proper nutrition, under the supervision of trained staff,” said James Morton, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, in a press release.

Through this program participants have the ability to work with a personal trainer where they can have a custom–designed exercise program based upon their needs and goals. Participants are also able to take advantage of the full facility benefits, as well as sporting activities including biking, running, swimming, triathlons, volleyball and more.

Anyone looking to get involved in this program, either as a participant or a volunteer, can contact April Rodrigues at april.rodrigues@ghymca.org. Participants in the program can get involved in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, being paired with a volunteer guide to participate in triathlons, exercise at the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA with a certified trainer, play seated volleyball at the Wheeler Regional family YMCA, and more.