Hey, Redbirds! In celebration of National Therapeutic Recreation month, the School of Kinesiology and Recreation in partnership with Campus Recreation is holding its 5th annual Adaptapalooza on Wednesday, February 27, from 5–6:30 p.m. at the Student Fitness Center.
Adaptapalooza is an opportunity to showcase adaptive sports and allow people of all abilities to participate and play. The featured activities will be wheelchair basketball (and wheelchair Knockout), sitting volleyball, adaptive climb, and Goalball. Jordan Repasz, a senior Therapeutic Recreation major and one of the students on the planning committee for Adaptapalooza, describes the mission of the event as an opportunity to show how important leisure and recreational activities are for people of all abilities. When asked what she hoped participants would take away from the event she said, “I hope they take away that there are ways to include someone who wants to be included and no barrier should stand in the way of someone participating in sports and leisure.”
In addition to the activities, Adaptapalooza will also include an educational component, where participants will be able to learn more about Therapeutic Recreation and the impact it can have. Participants will also have a chance to meet Ashley Green, a local athlete and member of the U.S. Paralympic Team.
We hope you’ll come out and join us! The hour-and-a-half runtime of the event is plenty of time to participate in all of the activities and spend some time learning more about Therapeutic Recreation. Adaptapalooza is free and open to all ISU students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please contact Sherri Hildebrand.