Adaptive Sports Program A Project of UMBC Athletics
Creating sports opportunities for all
UMBC, through the Athletics/Recreation Department, The Shriver Center, Office of Student Disability Services and the Human Centered Computing Program, is working to increase access to athletics through adaptive sports programming. Adaptive sports provide students, staff, and faculty with physical disabilities the opportunity to not just to participate in athletic events, but also to build a supportive and inclusive community across campus.
Following a demonstration game with the Maryland Ravens wheelchair basketball group at the Retriever Activities Center in 2014, members of the community have been looking forward to playing again. One player reflected:
"This offers a unique opportunity for UMBC's diverse community to come together, have fun, and form a bridge over that social gap many of us experience when meeting new people. I think it can be a fantastic way to foster acceptance and understanding by offering a vehicle (in this case quite literally!) to make personal connections"
For this kind of programming, the primary barrier is the cost of equipment. Each basketball wheelchair costs nearly $2,000! In order to plan for official programming, we would need ten chairs— but we're starting small. This campaign aims to demonstrate the commitment of our community to accessible athletics and allow us to buy the first chairs in the set.
Thank you for helping to make UMBC more welcoming, inclusive, and fun for all. You can follow our Adaptive Sports page on Facebook to see photos from past events, get updates, and share feedback.
All contributions raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.