Top 8 Spring Programs You Don’t Want to Miss!
From goalball to kayaking, cycling to swimming, the spring slate of Sportable programs has something for everyone!
Whether you want to play for fun or are searching for a competitive team, check out these eight programs kicking off this spring:
1. Goalball – Thursdays, February 24 – March 31
Goalball is a Paralympic sport played exclusively by athletes with visual impairments. Players wear opaque eyeshades at all times ensuring fair competition and compete in teams of three.
The object of the game is for players to use ear-hand coordination to throw a ball embedded with bells past their opponents and into their net to score points. Players stay on their hands and knees to defend their net and score against their opponents.
2. Road Racing / Running – Saturdays, February 26 – April 16
Whether you are training for fun, or to set a personal record, join Sportable’s Road Racing Program! All paces, ages, and abilities are welcome with wheelchair racing and guided run/jog/walk opportunities available.
This program leads into the weekend of the Monument Ave 10K & 10K Mini (1-mile) on Saturday, April 23rd, and Sportable plans to support athletes participating in each event that day. Something for you all to look forward to as you train each week in this program!
3. CP Soccer – Sundays, March 6 – May 1
Designed exclusively for youth ages 5-high school with ambulatory cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, the CP Soccer Program will focus on introducing skills, socially-distanced drills, small-sided activities, and most importantly – FUN!
The CP Soccer Program is open to players of all levels – no previous experience necessary – who will be led by expert coaches, including former U.S. Paralympic National Team player, Nick Creasey, and USSF A Licensed Soccer Director, Joe Farrell.
4. Archery – Wednesdays, March 23 – May 18
Experience the excitement and precision of Adaptive Archery! Sportable is proud to partner with Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation to bring you the basics of archery including rules, safety, and step-by-step shooting form for group-style target archery. Archery is a fully inclusive sport, with adaptations that can accommodate individuals of all ages and abilities and can be done sitting or standing. Space is limited to only 8 athletes per time slot.
5. Power Soccer – Wednesdays, March 23 – May 18
Join the Sportable Hive Power Soccer Team! Power Soccer is designed specifically for athletes who use a power wheelchair for mobility and is played by attaching a guard to the front of the power wheelchair to push an 18” ball.
6. Recreational Cycling – Tuesdays, April 12 – May 31
Recreational Cycling is one of the most inclusive sports as there is a bike to match nearly every individual’s ability, needs, and training interests. Athletes in small groups will enjoy beautiful rides on the scenic Capital Trail alongside experienced adaptive cycling coaches and qualified volunteers.
7. Flatwater Kayaking – Mondays, April 18 and April 25
Spend an afternoon on the water, learn new skills, and experience thrilling challenges through adventure and kayaking!
Sportable is proud to partner with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and Beyond Boundaries to provide athletes with the opportunity to learn the basics of flatwater kayaking alongside the region’s most experienced staff at scenic locations on the James River.
Note: Participants must be age 13+ and must be able to display that they can swim and/or float independently in order to participate in this program. There is a weight capacity of 250lbs for the boats that are used at this program.
8. Swimming – Mondays, April 21 – June 2
This seven-week swimming series is geared towards youth athletes, athletes with limited motor function, and athletes who are interested in getting comfortable in the water and learning how to swim.
Note: The Sheltering Arms pool is a therapeutic pool. The water temperature may measure up to 92 degrees and may not be suitable for lap swimmers.