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Para Table Tennis Clinic (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Adaptive Sports USA hosted a Para Table Tennis Clinic funded by a grant from The Neilsen Foundation and in partnership with Project Table Tennis, New York City Parks and Recreation and Wheelchair Sports Federation on Friday April 28, 2017 from 12 noon to 4 p.m at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, 141-40 Fowler Avenue Flushing NY.


Table Tennis Coaches Tahl Leibovitz, Paralympic Gold Medalist & Jennifer Johnson, Paralympic Gold Medalist. Assistant Coach Sammy Feinstein Co-founder of TheraPyng Partners Project Table Tennis showed off their skills in order to increase participation and awareness of Para Table Tennis in New York City and Long Island. The participants were taught how to Serve and Return Serve, Forehand & Backhand Table Tennis strokes, different spins and table tennis placement. An overview of the rules and eligibility of the sport of Para Table Tennis were also given. All had fun and enjoyed some good competition at the end.  For more information about Para Table Tennis, please feel free to contact Jennifer Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tahl Leibovitz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Montefiore Adaptive Sports Clinic (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore, the New York Parks Department, the Wheelchair Sports Federation, and Walk with a Doc had their Inaugural Adaptive Sports Open House on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Williamsbridge Oval, 3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, New York.  Over 25 wheelchair athletes participated in a hands-on demonstration of Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis , Handcycling, Adaptive Rowing and Wheelchair Football.


Montefiore plans on having more Adaptive Sports opportunities in the Bornx, NY.  To find out more about adaptive sports programs contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 718-547-4940

Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 03:08
2017 Wheelchair Basketball Camps Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
Here are a list of Wheelchair Basketball Camps that are happening this summer n 2017.

University of Illinois - http://disability.illinois.edu/camps

University of Texas - Arlington - http://www.uta.edu/movinmavs/

University of Texas Arlingtoon Women's Camp - https://texasregionalparalympicsports.wufoo.com/forms/k1hintqz1k843e1/

University of Alabama - Women's Camp - http://alabamaadapted.com/womens-wheelchair-basketball-camp/

For more information, go to www.NWBA.org
Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 17:14
USPTA New England Wheelchair Tennis Clinic Print E-mail
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On December 3rd and 4th, 2016, USPTA New England hosted a Wheelchair Tennis Clinic where adaptive athletes from all over New England and New York attended.  Using the Harvard University Murr Indoor Tennis Courts in Cambridge, MA, USPTA Wheelchair Tennis certified professional, Michael Mercier worked on the technical aspects of the game with the athletes.



Women's Wheelchair Basketball - NY v CT Print E-mail
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BRISTOl, CT – The Chapter 126 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team opened NWBA Women’s Division play with two victories over Wheelchair Sports Federation Lady Liberty (New York) on Saturday 12/18. At Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center in Bristol, CT.  The ladies from Chapter 126 won game one 37-29 and followed that up with a second victory 38-30. With these two wins Chapter 126 is 2-0 in women’s division play and 3-2 overall.

Both teams play in the Women’s division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (nwba.org). These were the first women’s wheelchair basketball games played on the east coast in several years. The Chapter 126 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is comprised of 12 women and girls with physical disabilities from all around CT and four other states. (Massachusetts. New York, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island) The team member’s age ranges from 12-47 years and have a variety of physical disabilities. The team practices and plays games on a monthly basis.  Both teams already have been invited to the NWBA Women’s Division National tournament in Arlington, TX at the end of March.

Game 1 Recap:

In the first half the two teams were locked in a defensive struggle with the half ending a 16-16 tie.  In the second half the two teams battled back and forth but solid defense and timely shooting allowed Chapter 126 to pull away to an 8 point victory 37-29. The team was led in scoring by Megan Anderson (Pawtucket, RI) with 12pts while Kelly Lavoie (East Haven, CT) added 10pts. “It felt great to get out and play on a women’s team again. It’s been many years since I have been able to compete alongside other strong women on the basketball court. The dedication, teamwork and support we have for each other is like no other team I have played on. And to go undefeated on our home court just makes it that much sweeter.”

WFS Team Liberty (New York) was led by Seira Larrauri who had a game high 18pts.

Game 2 Recap:

In the second game of the double header Rachel Grusse (Glastonbury, CT) poured in a game high 22pts. While teammate Kelly Lavoie (East Haven, CT) chipped in 12pts for the Chapter 126 women’s team. WFS Team Liberty used a balanced scoring attack with both Seira Larrauri and Krystal Bailey scoring 10pts each. In the end, strong shooting by both Grusse and Lavoie led Chapter 126 to victory by the score of 38-30. “The two wins were great but it was amazing to play on and against a team comprised solely of women. I was in the company of like-minded individuals who at the end of the day just want to be known as athletes like our male counterparts.” Remarked Lavoie.

“These were two great games for the ladies on both teams to start an new east coast tradition of excellence. We may have come away with the win but thanks to the Wheelchair Sports Federation and Team Liberty we all got better on our way to nationals.” said Head Coach Paul Weiland. “Thanks also to everyone who came and supported both teams!”

The two teams plan to face off again in January game dates and times TBD. For more information on the team and how to show your support please contact Paul Weiland Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 02:14
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