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Metro Parks Newsroom

Roll Out Fitness Event to Help People with Disabilities “Get in the Game”

Monday September 19, 2011

LOUISVILLE , KY (September 19, 2011) - Being a part of a t-ball league, on a basketball team, or in a dance troop is an important part of many people’s lives. But people with disabilities can often be left on the sidelines and miss out on this important part of their development. This year any person with a disability can find out how they can “get in the game” at the fifth Annual “Roll Out” event, Saturday, September 24, from 1-4:00 p.m. at the Crawford Gymnasium of the U of L campus. The event is a collaboration between the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky, Frazier Rehab Institute and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.

The event will feature exhibitors and live demonstrations from local athletic offerings, including adaptive rowing, archery, dancing, wheelchair basketball, tennis, wheelchair fencing, and more. This year includes an appearance by Paralympic Athlete and Medalist, Scott Danberg, who will speak about his experience as a member of team USA and the importance of sports. Also, a special group of Soldiers from Warriors Transition Unit at Ft. Knox will attend to participate in the adaptive sports offered as well to share their experiences with the children. There will also be a big announcement and give-away of three bikes from the Greater Louisville Chapter of the AMBUCS organization and Sadiqa Reynolds of the Mayor's office.

The event, which is free of charge, will include picnic food, family activities, and more thanks to generous sponsorships from E.ON USA, and Superior Van & Mobility. “There is immense value, both socially and physically, for people that participate in a sport or are part of a team. We are very excited to help introduce new adapted sports to persons with disabilities,” explained BJ Levis, Specialized Recreation Administrator for Metro Parks. An RSVP is requested to estimate headcount for the day. Call (502) 635-6397 and ask for Deidra.

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Adapted Leisure Activities offers a wide range of recreational programming for individuals of all abilities; including, wheelchair basketball, aqua exercise, bowling, dances, book clubs, assisted shopping and more.

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