Having qualified for the Varsity National Tournament for the first time in years, the BORP team was looking forward to playing against the best teams in the country. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 crisis resulting in the tournament’s cancellation, the team was disappointed. This outcome was particularly sad for the two seniors on the team (Ben Thornton and Garnet Silver-Hall), who were not able to play the final tournament of their high school sports careers.
However, both Garnett and Ben have been accepted by the University of Arizona to play basketball and will doubtless have many more exciting games to look forward to. We are so proud of their achievements and wish them all the best!!
Another senior, Amit Vagoda, who played on the Jr. Road Warriors for 4 years, returned to Israel to complete high school two years ago. We are thrilled that Amit will be attending the University of Texas next year.
During the current shutdown, the team is continuing to meet online to do minor wheelchair repairs and home workouts together.
The BORP Youth Sled Hockey Team, the Sharks, were preparing for the 2020 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival and the Youth Sled Hockey National Championships. Unfortunately, the 2020 Disabled Hockey Festival was cancelled and the team is looking forward to when they can get back on the ice.
While we’re sad that the Cycling Center is currently closed, we’re using the time we have wisely. We’re taking this opportunity to make some major repairs on our 150+ bicycles so they’ll be in tip-top shape when we reopen!
We’re making a plan for facility maintenance and upkeep that we can complete during the closure. Additionally, we’re in close contact with our neighbors, Waterside Workshops, and are working together to keep an eye on the shared property.
We’re also looking for ways to help participants keep active and connected. If you want to reach us, call 510-848-2930 or email Cycling@borp.org.
Please see updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact to BORP programming, below. Check back here or the BORP Facebook Page regularly for more updates as this is a rapidly changing situation.
For anyone in need of assistance with food, finances, or other resources, the following are helpful links:
List of Resources from ABC Channel 7
List of Resources from City of Berkeley
List of Resources from City of Oakland
Alameda County Community Food Bank
San Francisco/Marin Food Bank
City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency – Updates for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Guidance from State of CA on COVID-19 for people with access & functional needs
Additionally, the Senior/Disability/Worker Mutual Aid Network has an online form you can complete to request or offer support.
This is a “Know Your Rights” toolkit for people facing potential triage discrimination based in disability or weight: http://nobodyisdisposable.org/know-your-rights/
Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
The City of Berkeley has opened up grant applications to support residents and businesses facing COVID-19 hardships. Application information available here:
In the current COVID-19 health crisis, people with disabilities are at double risk. The virus itself hits people with underlying conditions harder, and long-standing discrimination in our healthcare system means that people with disabilities are most likely to bear the burden of “rationing” measures that hospitals and providers will put into place.
Designed to print-at-home or download to your phone, DREDF and Disability Rights California (DRC)’s Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets can help disabled people and family members assert and defend their rights to medical care. The information includes DRC’s toll-free number to call if you run into a problem with a hospital or doctor.
The Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets (California Edition) should be printed at home or downloaded to your cell phone. Take it with you when you seek medical care.
The California Edition of the Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets are currently available in English-Spanish (PDF) and English-Chinese (PDF). They will soon be available in English-Vietnamese, English-Tagalog, and English-Korean.
In order to protect participants from possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, BORP has suspended all our Adventures and Outings programming until March 29. Please check this page, the BORP Facebook Page, or emails from BORP for any updates.
BORP’s mission is to serve individuals with physical disabilities and vision impairments. In the Fitness Studio we also serve many seniors and others with mobility impairments.
In order to protect the most vulnerable among us and due to the impossibility of guaranteeing a germ-free space, we have decided to take a break from all classes held in the studio from now through March 31st.
We will be assessing the current COVID 19 situation and will re-open when deemed appropriate. Please check the BORP Facebook page on news about when we plan to re-open. We look forward to welcoming participants back to the Fitness Center after we find our way through this community health challenge.
Through its Active Fund, the Kelly Brush Foundation provides grants for individuals with spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Past awardees have purchased handcycles, monoskis, sport chairs, racing chairs, hockey sleds, and much more. Next deadline, March 31, 2020.
On January 25, the staff and students of Miramonte High School held a wheelchair basketball tournament to benefit BORP. Together, they raised over $8,000 to support BORP’s youth programs!
Big thanks to all of them, in particular Chris Lavdiotis, Skip Tague and Nicole Meredith! All of us here at BORP appreciate your hard work!