Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Programs in The Bay Area

February 12, 2016 | 8:00 am | By Pants Up Easy

You know who was a cool guy? Teddy Roosevelt. Our 26th president was a war hero, adventurer, fighter, and extremely resilient orator. He also loved the great outdoors, and extolled the virtues of physical activity. He would wrestle, box, hike and play tennis, even when he served as president.

You see, even back in the 1800s we understood that exercise is beneficial. And just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t get physical. There are plenty of activities and sports for active wheelchair users, such as wheelchair basketball, rugby, hockey, softball and tennis.

Want to find a wheelchair activity in the Bay Area for yourself? Here are a few suggestions to get you going:

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) – San Francisco

Ever wanted to sail the Bay? This is your chance. The BAADS is a non-profit organization that helps disabled folks sail the high seas (or at least the area around Alcatraz). BAADS also enlists the help of volunteers to teach sailing methods, assemble and disassemble boats, and provide general assistance.

More information: Visit the BAADS website for information on upcoming events and how to get involved.

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) – Berkeley

Not only is the acronym easy to say and spell, it’s also a wonderful program. BORP was founded at UC Berkeley more than 40 years ago, and still calls Berkeley home today. The organization provides both youth and adult sports programs, as well as an “Adventure and Outings” program and cycling groups.

More information: Check out the BORP website or give the organization a call at 510-849-4663.

Ride a Wave (RAW) – Santa Cruz

This 100-percent volunteer organization has a very simple mission: help disabled and/or special needs children enjoy a day on the waves. Kids will be able to experience kayaking, boogie boarding, tandem surfing, and a beach obstacle course. RAW has helped thousands of children experience the joys of water sports, and has already set up its 2016 schedule.

More information: The RAW website can be found here, or you can email the organization at info@rideawave.org.

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