The weather is lovely and it’s a great time to take a bike ride. Try out a bike at the BORP Adaptive Cycling Center in Berkeley, Thursday – Saturday, 9am to 5pm. You can join us on Sundays at Vasona Park in Los Gatos where we are partnering with NorCal SCI to bring adaptive cycling to the South Bay.
And, in June, BORP will start our San Francisco bike share program again, every Sunday in Golden Gate Park (including July 4). For information on any of these cycling opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-848-2930. Appointments are required.
by Bonnie Lewkowicz
I first learned about BORP in 1978 while studying for my Recreation Therapy degree. I knew immediately that I wanted to do my internship there because it was one of the very few community sports & recreation programs for people with disabilities in the US; it was also located in Berkeley, the heart of the Disability Rights Movement. I ended up staying on for seven years and got to be a part of BORP’s history of being a leader and innovator in the field of adaptive sports and recreation.
Many years later, I returned to BORP when the program I founded, Access Northern California, became a project of BORP in 2018.
The fact that BORP’s programs have had life-changing results for so many people has fueled BORP’s resilience. BORP has always been much more than a recreation program. At BORP, people feel part of a community, gain independence, and thrive. And BORP has been a leader in so many ways.
When BORP was founded in 1976, it was one of the first community-based adaptive sports & recreation programs in the country.
And, in 1986, BORP started the first sports program on the West Coast for youth with disabilities. Other firsts include holding the first wheelchair tennis tournament in the East Bay and entering the first and only wheelchair centipede in the centipede division in the Bay to Breakers race!
BORP also helped to bring wheelchair rugby to California, started the CA league, and BORP’s team, Quadzilla, had the only female coach to win a National Championship. In 1988, BORP started the first power soccer team in CA and possibly the country. And our adaptive cycling program was the first in the country to offer drop-in hours.
Other achievements include successfully pushing the UC system to allow people with physical disabilities to take PE classes. And, most recently, during the pandemic BORP was one of the first organizations to offer virtual fitness programming–now serving participants from across the country.
Now, as we celebrate BORP’s 45th Anniversary, I’m looking forward to many more years of leadership and innovation from our organization.
Now that things are opening up, BORP is looking forward to getting our buses back on the road! If all goes well, we anticipate that we’ll be able to offer trips by the summer.
BORP’s accessible transportation is funded by Alameda County Transportation Commission through the Special Transportation Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities (Measure B funds).
BORP’s program is designed to improve the mobility of people with disabilities and increase access to sports and recreational activities by supplementing conventional service. We also offer discounted community bus rental rates for disability groups and nonprofits.
For information, contact Sarah-Dawn Smith, Transportation Coordinator at email@example.com.
Starting in May, BORP will offer kayaking on the lake at the Cycling Center at 80 Bolivar Street in Berkeley.
Available late afternoons on the first and last Saturday of the month. Times vary.
Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-848-2930.
On May 10th, in partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, BORP’s Adventures & Outings Program will host an exploration of art by Black Artists with docents Judith Stewart and Anne Burns Johnson.
It is an exploration of the art of some of the Black Artists in the FAMSF collection. The four pieces selected reflect abstraction and representation. Two of the four are self-taught and two are academically trained. Two of the pieces are from the 1940’s and two are more recently created. The underlying theme is a quote from a Thornton Dial, an artist from Alabama: “Art is a guide for every person who is looking for something.”
The tour takes place on May 10 from 10:30am to 12pm.
Call Lori at 510-843-4398 for more information (please call after 10am) or email Lori at email@example.com.
Space is limited.