BORP Introduces Veterans to Adaptive Sports

BORP’s Wheelchair Basketball and Adaptive Cycling Programs teamed up with several other Paralympic Sport Clubs throughout California to introduce over 140 injured US Army and National Guard soldiers to adaptive sports in Sacramento last week.

“Adaptive sports give our Soldiers the chance to see how they can still be athletic and participate more in life by showing them what they can do to stay physically fit and stay more engaged with their families, friends and communities,” said Lt. Col. Moira Carpenter, Community Based Warrior Transition Unit – California commander.  The CBWTU has the unique mission of allowing wounded, ill and injured Guard and Reserve Soldiers to live with their families and to receive local healthcare in communities not near Army medical facilities.

Although Soldiers in the unit live in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, they are gathered in Sacramento for a one week conference to meet with leadership, train and interact with one another.  At the multi-sport event, injured soldiers had the opportunity to try adaptive handcycling, wheelchair basketball, scuba-diving, rock climbing, softball, and track and field events.

The event was organized by The City of Sacramento Paralympic Sport Cluband funded by United States Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division and the Department of Veterans Affairs.Image