BORP Set to Turn 40!BORP is in the final days of the current 2014-15 fiscal year, and we are now getting ready to launch our 40th year of operations in July! What started as one woman’s plight to participate in a physical education class at U.C. Berkeley has grown into an amazing organization. BORP is a ‘game-changer’ for hundreds of people, offering multiple sports and recreation programs for people with physical disabilities, from a robust adaptive cycling program at our Cycling Center to a team sports program for youth and adults that includes wheelchair basketball, power soccer, goalball, and sled hockey. These programs are complemented by an adaptive Fitness Center and an Outdoors and Adventures Program. In 2015/16 we will be adding kayaking and archery and offer more programming for veterans. We will also be partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee on a Regional Gateway to Gold event on October 17th. The event is designed introduce athletes to Paralympic competition and will feature wheelchair basketball, swimming, archery and cycling.
The Next Frontier in Adaptive SportsAs I have noted in previous newsletter contributions, BORP has also joined a national effort to develop avenues for youth with disabilities to participate on their high school athletic teams. In many ways this is one of the next big frontiers of adaptive sports – to make high school sports inclusive and giving our youth opportunities to be part of a high school sports team. To begin, we will focus on Track & Field, a sport that is relatively easy to adapt for students with physical disabilities. We now need to identify students that would like to participate and schools that will work with us to make the necessary accommodations. Please let me know of anyone who is (or you think would be) interested. As an introduction to the sport, BORP will sponsor a second clinic on August 29th at Burrell Field in San Leandro.
Get Ready for the 13th Annual Revolution Ride – September 26thWhile BORP is set to turn 40, the Revolution is gearing up for it 13th year! Once again, we will gather to ride the gentle roads of California’s scenic wine country outside of Geyersville. Trentadue Winery will once again be the start and finish point for the REV with music, massage, food and drink. Early sign-up continues. After three years at BORP, Josh Thelin decided to leave BORP in pursuit of new career opportunities. Josh was a great addition to the BORP team, managing three Revolutions and supporting BORP’s other development and communications activities. We wish Josh well in the days ahead. Fortunately for BORP, Carrie King, hired last year part time to manage the Fitness Center, has agreed to go full time and will assume many of Josh’s former responsibilities, primarily supporting the REV and managing BORP communications. In addition to Carrie, we have assembled a dynamic REV team which will include Sarah Kidder of Kidder Designs and Kristi Grotting, one of the REV’s original founders. We knew it wouldn’t be easy to replace Josh, but we’re in good hands with Carrie, Sarah and Kristi.
Assuring BORP’s Future
Clearly, BORP is in it for the long haul! To secure a healthy future, and assure BORP is around to celebrate 100, we have launched a Legacy Fund which is designed to enableBORP supporters to help assure BORP’s future through bequests and other planned gifts. The fund will support future BORP programming and decrease BORP’s dependence on large grants. For more information, go our website or call me at 510-225-7030.
Rick Smith BORP Executive Director
In This Issue:
Registration for the 2015 Revolution Ride & Festival now OPEN!
Coach Trooper Johnson receives 2015 Positive Coaching Double-Goal Coach Award.
Get Fit! Get Moving! Come to the ERC Fitness Fair!
I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Program wraps up first round,second round to begin in June.
BORP awarded Dralla Foundation Grant Award.
Accessibility Survey through the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education at the College at Brockport, SUNY.
Schedule of Upcoming Events.
Please consider supporting BORP‘s adaptive sports and recreation programs with a tax-deductible donation
Early Registration for the 13th Annual BORP Revolution Ride and Festival is now OPEN!Now in its 13th year, the BORP Revolution Ride & Festival fundraiser brings people of all ages and abilities together for a day of cycling, celebration, and fun. The 13th Annual Revolution Ride will take place onSeptember 26, 2015 in the beautiful California wine country of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Please help support the adaptive sports and recreation programs of Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) by donating or joining the Rev ride today.
Congratulations to our own Trooper Johnson on being named a recipient of a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award! Only 25 awards are given annually to coaches in the U.S. Way to go Trooper!
Award CriteriaNominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. Behaviors of a Double-Goal Coach include:
• Redefines “Winner” through a focus on mastery, rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching players that a “winner” makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.• Fills Players’ Emotional Tanks, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go as far as possible, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
• Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).
Learn about fun options to start or increase your healthy lifestyle, from teachers and leaders in adaptive fitness, recreation, and nutrition.
Does “disability” and “exercise” seem incongruent to you?
Do you struggle with finding options for your body and your fitness needs?
Do you want to improve your health and find ways to have fun?
Are you curious about how a healthy diet and improved nutrition can benefit your overall well being and help prevent chronic disease?
WHEN: Saturday, June 20th 2015 from 10am to 2pm
WHERE: The Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703 (located above the Ashby BART station.
This event is FREE! RSVP at Eventbrite or contact the Fitness Program Coordinator email@example.com with questions or comments.
BORP is honored to have been selected by the Dralla Foundation as a 2015 grant award winner. The Dralla Foundation supports programs geared toward providing an environment for children and adults with physical challenges to have fun!
I Can Do It! You Can Do It! All Ages Peer Fitness Mentoring Program
Through the BORP Fitness Studio’s Health & Wellness Program, we will be facilitating oursecond eight week program of the year beginning in June. The program will:
Match each participant with a mentor who will help guide them in establishing healthy lifestyle goals related to fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Mentors will meet with their mentees once a week to check in and set new goals through the duration of the 8 week program
Allow participants to take free fitness classes through the BORP Fitness Studio during their time in the program.
Facilitate two to three workshops centered on nutrition basics, healthy eating on a budget, and stress reduction/wellness.
At the end of the session, participants who have successfully completed the program will be awarded the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.
Learn about yourself, develop personalized health goals, and work one on one with someone to achieve them!If you or someone you know is interested in participating as either a mentor or a mentee, please contact:
The Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education at the College at Brockport, SUNY are conducting a study to determine the accessibility of accommodation facilities with the life experiences of people with disabilities. Results are expected to help improve the accessibility of tourism facilities.The survey is for people with disabilities, their families and traveling companions. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your input and participation is greatly appreciated.
June 13 – Olympic Day (Olympic Themed activities in the gym)
June 16 – Kayaking with ETC
June 18-20 – Angel City Games, Los Angeles
June 22 – White Water Rafting with ETC
June 27 – Basketball
July 3-4 – NO PROGRAMS –
July 7 – Tour of Travis AFB
July 10 – Water Skiing
July 11 – Basketball
July 18 – Basketball
July 20-24 – BORP BASKETBALL CAMP
July 24 – Sled Hockey
July 25 – Basketball
Youth Summer Cycling Hours
Sat., May 23rd – No Cycling Programs
Sat. May 30 – Youth Ride at 9 am, but NO OPEN HOURS.
Sat, July 4 – No Cycling Programs
Youth Rides: Every Saturday, 9 am – 11:30 am
Guided youth rides meet at the BORP Cycling Center every Saturday at 9 am. Parents and family are welcome to join, but we have volunteers available so youth may attend alone as well. Rides return at 11:30 am.
Open Hours: Youth with parents may come during any of the Open Hours, get bikes, and go for a ride. Volunteers are always available to assist with bike adjustment and transfers, but may not be available to ride so youth must come with an adult.
Tuesday: 1 – 7 pm
Thursday: 1- 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm.
Bay Bridge Youth Ride: Wednesday, June 17
Trooper and I will send details soon
Adult Sports Program
June 18-20th–Premier Cup in Tampa, FL,
June 27th–Crushers to Hollister for tournament. July 16-20th–Crushers to Ft. Wayne, IN for Champions Cup.
July 25th– Power Soccer demo (tentative) at Stanford for SMA Conference. August 10-14th—BORP Power Soccer Youth Camp at Kenney. August 12-16th–Team USA Power Soccer Camp in Greenwood, IN.
Adventures and Outings (For more information call Lori Gray at510-843-4398 Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PST. Trips range from 2-8 hours.)Friday, June 12 – Disability Awareness for East Bay Park Camping Staff – No program fee. Deadline: June 1.
Saturday, June 13 – California Academy of Sciences – Cost: $20 Early Deadline:May 1. Enjoy exhibits and shows, animals from around the world (penguins this trip) and a team of scientists who work to explore, explain and sustain the diversity of life.
Tuesday, June 16 –Travel Training Transportation Safety and Self Awareness Workshop conducted by Kid Power and sponsored by BORP and MTC at ERC from11am to 1pm.– Cost: No cost. Deadline: June 1.
Saturday, June 20 – Fit Fair at ERC, sponsored by BORP’s Fitness Center – possible lunch – Cost: No cost. Deadline: June 1.
Saturday, June 27 – Choice of Hike or Alameda County Fair. Note, either one of these will be afternoon/evening events – NOTE: Please let me know which outing you’re interested in by June 1st. Cost: $10 Deadline: June 15.
Sunday, June 28 – Access Adventures – Carriage rides, possibly at Travis Air ForceBase – Cost: $10 Deadline: June 15.
Borp Fitness Studio
Saturday June 13th, 2pm-4pm–Introduction to Adapted Capoeira with Lorin King of Capoeira Brasil East Bay. FREE event open to the public at the BORP Fitness Studio.Capoeira is an extraordinary martial art whose improvisation style means that movements may be accommodated for any and all practitioners. Capoeira is the fight for freedom and in that spirit Instructora Bailarina teaches with strong belief that this martial art is for everyone.
Friday July 17th & 24th, 11am-noon–Intro to Bollywood Inspired Dance Movement Therapy with Kiran Easwarachandran. $11 per class, $8 for seniors. All abilities welcome, no experience required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Bollywood dance is made up of world music; all that is classical and new, traditional and modern, hip hop and salsa, R&B and trance-which is why it is the right fit for most beings, and can be adapted to anyone’s needs and level of movement. Kiran created Bollywood Dance Fusion™ ; a healing movement modality with one simple idea, that if you move to music that inspires you, and connect with your body in a joyful meaningful way, you will be well on your way to health and healing, wellness and recovery.
Early registration ends at the end of the month! To receive 50% off of the full registration price, use the code “EarlyBird” at checkout. If you have already registered early and would like to have the code applied to your registration for a small refund, please email email@example.com and we’ll take care of it for you!Please share the code with friends, family, and coworkers. The Revolution cannot happen without your support, come ride with us!
New Bus for BORP!
BORP is thrilled to announce that we have a new large accessible bus on the way, which was made possible by a Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 vehicle grant and a Paratransit Gap Grant from Alameda County Transportation Commission (Measure B funds). The new bus allows up to 6 people in wheelchairs to be transported at one time and will expand our small fleet of accessible vehicles. This increased capacity will address the current wait list we have for our group outings and more participants will have accessible group trip transportation to sports practices, tournaments, outdoor recreation activities and other events. The vehicle is awaiting final inspection by Caltrans, with delivery anticipated in July.
BORP’s accessible group trip transportation service is made possible by funding from Alameda County Transportation Commission through the Special Transportation Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities (Measure B funds). This service is aimed at improving the mobility of people with disabilities and increasing access to sports and recreation activities by supplementing conventional fixed route service and addressing the current gap in accessible group trip options for youth and adults with disabilities in Alameda County. More information about this project can be found at: http://www.borp.org/programs/current-projects/ or athttp://www.alamedactc.org/.In addition to providing transportation for BORP participants, we also offer a fee-for-service Group Trip Service option with discounted rates for disability groups and nonprofits. Recently, we have served Junior Blind of America, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, National Federation of the Blind of California and the Center for Independent Living, to name a few. This new vehicle will open up more opportunities to serve other community organizations. If you are planning a group trip and want information on how a BORP bus could help with your transportation needs, contact BORP Transportation Coordinator, Sarah-Dawn Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 849-4663 x 1378.