Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program was recently selected to be a new chapter of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA).
Disabled Sports USA is a nationwide network of community-based organizations and institutions dedicated to improving the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. The network currently serves over 60,000 participants in more than 50 adaptive sports.
In order to be selected as a new chapter, Burke had to provide proof of a mission to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. It also had to prove it provides these opportunities in a safe and accessible environment.
The designation will help Burke’s therapists learn new skills by giving them access to training and educational seminars. It will also provide greater access to grant opportunities for additional funding and expansion of services.
“The culture Disable Sports USA is cultivating is really amazing,” Alexandra Oudheusden, MS, CTRS, RYT Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Coordinator of Burke’s Adaptive Sports Program said. “DSUSA really shares our vision of getting to know each person steering them toward activities that will help them find their best quality of life.”
Burke’s Adaptive Sports Program offers a wide variety of activities and clinics including: bowling, dancing workshops, pickleball, climbing clinics, kayaking, water and snow skiing, golf and handcycling just to name a few. With this new designation, more could soon be on the way.