Many national parks are quite accessible and make for a great vacation destination, but you need to plan early to stay in the parks.
Great resources to help you get started are the newly released guidebook, Barrier-Free Travel: National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, by Candy Harrington and an online Outside Magazine article about the best 25 accessible trails in the U.S.
And don’t forget to apply for your National Parks America the Beautiful Access Pass that offers discounts to qualified persons with disabilities.
For accessible N. CA travel ideas & info, check out Access Northern California.
When BORP’s newest goalball players, 17-year-old twins Natasha and Melanie Ghesquierre, recently went to their first away goalball tournament in Vancouver, WA, their team, PT2, took 2nd place. Both twins have Retinitis Pigmentosa and are losing their vision. No longer able to compete in their sport of choice (gymnastics), they found out about BORP and goalball online.
Goalball has made a huge difference for these young women. Says their mom, Servane, “Playing with blind adults who are independent, happy, have a profession, and are very supportive, that helps them a lot in looking positively to their adult lives. Goalball has been a great find for them!”
Starting March 7th, BORP will operate an adaptive bike share program at Pier 40, on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Offered in partnership with Bay Wheels, the program will run every Saturday, 11am to 4pm through August.
We will also offer bike share in Golden Gate Park for three more Sundays in March (March 1st, 8th, 15th).
Free! No sign-up needed. First come, first served. For more info, email email@example.com
The REV brings together adaptive and non-adaptive cyclists in a fabulous, fun event that raises about $200K to support all BORP’s programs. This year’s ride will be held on Saturday, September 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa. Riders can choose between four rides in beautiful Wine Country:
The Festival following the rides takes place in a lovely garden at the Hyatt Regency. There’ll be music, delicious food, wine & beer, and free professional massages for riders.
Riders are required to raise $400. But don’t worry, we make that easy with lots of wonderful tips and tools.
Use the code EARLYBIRD and register by June 30 to get 50% off your registration fee!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 24, BORP and the Cesar Chavez California Children’s Services Therapy Unit hosted a Sports Day at the Cesar Chavez campus. The event brought in 14 Oakland students with a variety of physical disabilities to try wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, and to learn about BORP and the programs we offer to Bay Area youth.
Generally, these kids are never around other kids like themselves, and never get to simply get out and play. These events offer them an opportunity to play sports with other kids who have similar disabilities.
Eleven new kids tried wheelchair basketball for the first time. Three current BORP athletes, Kevin, Joseph, and Eyan, helped run drills and answer questions.It was an incredible day on the court and we hope to be hosting several more of these events in the near future!