Adaptive Sports Event: RISE Over Physical Disabilities


This Saturday, physically disabled children, adults and veterans from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area will defy common stereotypes and participate in adaptive recreational programs including water skiing, kayaking, swimming, basketball, soccer and others put on by RISE Adaptive Sports based out of Irving, Texas.

RISE Adaptive Sports started with a mission to “assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower themselves and others,” which is the motivation behind RISE providing free adaptive recreational programs for children and adults, as well as integrating and establishing role models for all ages and all levels of physical disabilities.

 The “End of Summer Bash” brings in more than 165 people with disabilities, ranging from the ages of 1 to 70-years old.

“This is one of the most popular RISE events, which gives people the opportunity to experience all of our adaptive recreation programs in one location,” said Chris Goad, executive director at RISE. “We are looking to build upon that for another great event.

But adaptive sports programs don’t just affect the participants, they affect volunteers as well.

“Volunteering for RISE these last few years has been a very enjoyable experience,” said Calvin Petty, RISE volunteer and certified adaptive water ski instructor. “Being able to help people help themselves through recreational sports has been very rewarding to me. To help individuals see their potential regardless of disability gives me more joy than I can describe.”

As with all of the RISE programs, this event, including equipment and instruction, is provided at no-cost to participants. The organization is supported by Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.

Interested in joining us this Saturday? The RISE Adaptive Sports’ End of the Summer Bash is this Saturday at Meadowmere Park on Lake Grapevine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the RISE Adaptive Sports website. We hope to see you there!

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Kristine Hughes
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Kristine Hughes is the former research communications coordinator for Baylor Scott & White Research Institute. Before Baylor Scott & White, she was an award-winning print media journalist for more than 20 years.

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Adaptive Sports Event: RISE Over Physical Disabilities