Photos from the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation EXPO, 2014.
It’s time again for our annual Rims On The Run adaptive cycling event in DeLand and Deleon Springs, Florida. This year, the race takes place next month, on September 27 and 28. Get all the race weekend information by clicking on the link below, including entry fees, race course description, hotel accommodations and more.
Join in on the cycling fun! This week, we are meeting at the Florida Blue Campus from 9:00am to 11:00am. Registration is required. Email Dan Caldwell at Dan.Caldwell@brooksrehab.org for more information.
Date: Saturday, August 30
Where: Florida Blue Campus
4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Hats off to two of our Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program athletes who made the trek to Philadelphia this past weekend for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Brooks Barracuda player, Kristy Henderson, also known as Dr. K, took home gold medals in Ramp Bowling, Motorized Slalom and Motorized Rally. She also participated in Power Soccer.
Brooks Bandits Chris Hull brought home a gold medal in Quad Weightlifting, silver medals in both Bowling and Quad Rugby and a bronze in Softball.
Congratulations to our Brooks Rowing Team for their great rowing at the Bayada Regatta this past weekend. Mary Hummel took 2nd place in the Adaptive Novice Arms & Shoulders Womens Final. Stephen Wilson rowed to a 3rd place finish in the Adaptive Novice Trunk & Arms Mens Final. Kristan Young was awarded 2nd place in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Final in her first Regatta and Travis Bates had an impressive debut in one of the toughest divisions, the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mens Final. Kudos for a job well done!
In high school, Ashley Cooper-Heath likes to say she was “a cliché.” She was on the track team, was a cheerleader, and was Homecoming Queen.
But since the beautiful young woman was involved in a car accident in 2004 at age 20, her life has been challenging in ways that most people could never imagine. Paralyzed from the waist down, she is in a wheelchair. She also has limited range of motion in her left shoulder, and has severe short-term memory problems.
She’s made her life a story of triumph by focusing on what she can do, rather than what she can’t. She’s a paratriathlete, competing in triathlons with adaptive equipment. She also plays tennis, water skis, and enjoys archery and billiards thanks to the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program, a nationally unique program that offers a multitude of free athletic and recreational activities for people with disabilities on the First Coast.
During a sunny afternoon this past weekend, Bob Rhodin gained a whole new perspective on his golf swing while on the driving range at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.
He joined others from the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program for a hands-on demonstration of the newly acquired Paramobile, a para-golfer chair created by Anthony Netto, founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation.
After years of rehabilitation therapy, the wounded veteran and victim of a drunk driver over 20 years ago, began to lose hope in ever being able to enjoy a game of golf again. As a former professional golfer, this was a huge factor in motivating him to invent a way to get back on the green.
“Sitting around and moaning has never been my thing,” he explained, adding, “I had to take action.”
The first thing he noticed when he used the prototype was his ability to fully breathe again. It changed his life.
“When you see a ball thrown from eye level or hug a loved one in the standing position – there’s nothing like it. It’s an empowering feeling,” he said. “I felt like a man again.”
For more than a decade, Anthony has traveled around to different organizations and groups representing his Foundation and the amazing adaptive equipment they have made available to the disabled community.
Anthony spent the day this past weekend with the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program, highlighting the advantages of the Paramobile, including its solid frame, secure footing, speed, and ability to handle gradients and inclines. To show the chairs abilities, Anthony steered the Paramobile with a one-handed joystick up and down the golf course slopes and even into a sand pit. It easily maneuvered the unsteady terrain.
The chair was originally designed to allow disabled golfers the opportunity to swing from a standing position, but can also be used for other sports such as trap shooting and archery.
The Paramobile has therapeutic benefits as well, including; improvement with metabolism, stretching of the muscles, reduces spasticity and helps repair bone density.
Beyond all the medical advantages to the chair, Anthony is quick to point out the most important aspect.
“It’s fun and it’s comfortable,” he said, adding, “It gets you out there again, able to enjoy life.”
The Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program plans to utilize the new piece of adaptive equipment for monthly golf activities and tournaments as well take it for a trial run for outdoor trap shooting.
Check out all the photos from the Paramobile Golf Clinic on our Flickr page!
To learn more about the Paramobile and the Stand Up and Play Foundation, visit www.stand-up-and-play.com.