Spring Adapted Sports & Recreation Programs
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  • Helen Hayes Hospital is offering information on several  adaptive sports and recreation activities to take place this spring and summer. All are designed specifically for individuals with physical disabilities.

    Adaptive Sailing – workshops will take place on Wednesday, April 26 and Wednesday, May 3 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Helen Hays Hospital. Members of the Nyack Boat Club will offer an introduction to sailing for individual with disabilities. On Friday, May 19, there will be an adaptive sailing clinic at the Nyack Boat Club, as part of their annual Tappan Zee Regatta, which takes place on May 20-21. Members of the US Paralympic sailing team will be on hand, there will be an expo of adapted sailing information and individuals will be able to sail using modified boats and equipment. For information, call 845-786-4113.

    Adapted Gardening Workshop  - scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the hospital in West Haverstraw. The program, which is being sponsored in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, will provide an overview of spring planting, adapted tools and techniques and practice planting flowers in beds. Registration is $5.00 For information, call 845-786-4113.

    Adaptive Kayak and Paddling Clinic - scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2005 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The program is offered by Atlantic Kayak Tours and will take place at their Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center, located at Annsville Circle in Peekskill, on the Hudson River. Atlantic Kayak staff will provide instruction on how to adapt and modify equipment to ensure successful and safe paddling. There will also be a lesson on basic paddling techniques. Participants will then have the opportunity to try out the kayaks and their newly learned paddling skills by going out on the water, under the supervision of trained and certified coaches. Pre registration for this workshop is required and the fee is $15.00 For information, call 845-786-4113.

    Handcycling – a free handcycling clinic will be held in conjunction with United Spinal on Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the hospital. Participants will be able to view the latest in handcycling equipment and will be able to try out the sport, which offers a terrific workout. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 845-786-4225.

    Adaptive Softball – a game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.  The United Mets softball team, associated with United Spinal, will provide a lesson on how adapted softball is played. Tem members will bring adapted equipment and participants will play a full game. Pre-registration is encouraged.  For information, call 845-786-4113.

    GolfAbility - is an adaptive golf instruction program to teach the basics of golf to individuals with disabilities. GolfAbility workshops are scheduled for: May 15, June 6 & 19, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 24. Workshops are $15 per session. GolfAbility outings will take place on a local golf course and are scheduled for June 12 and September 11. For information on the workshops or outings, call 845-786-4113.

    For information on any adaptive sports program, call Eileen Andreassi in the Recreational Therapy Department at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4113.

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