Houston Abilities Expo Event

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Adaptive Sports Image: Disabled Athletes Racing

It’s no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person’s ability and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting.

Abilities Expo is honored to present a variety of interactive, health-enhancing, confidence-building adaptive sports. Come and test your skills and expand your experiences at the following fun events.

Here's what we did in 2013. Stay tuned for 2014!

Friday, August 2, 2013

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis

USTA Texas Section and Houston Tennis Association


Local Houston players will be on hand to demonstrate wheelchair tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world! It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs. Learn more at www.texas.usta.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Adaptive Judo

Houston Parks and Recreation - Adaptive Recreation Department

Judo has been part of the Paralympic Games since the 1988 Games in Seoul and it's growing in popularity. In strict Judo competition only athletes who are blind or have vision impairments complete. Adaptive Judo opens the sport up to people with all types of disabilities. See local athletes demonstrate the sport and learn how you can get involved.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

11:45am - 12:30pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Face Painting at the Abilities Expo in Houston

Watch and learn as US Power Soccer Association Team USA members demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the Houston area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net..

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Indoor Wheelchair Soccer

Houston Parks and Recreation - Adaptive Recreation Department

Indoor Wheelchair Soccer is a fast-pasted game that combines elements of basketball, soccer, and European team handball. Both power chair and manual chair uses are allowed to play. This sport is very popular in Houston. See a demonstration and then have a chance to try it for yourself.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Sled Hockey Demonstration

Presented by STARskaters and Texas Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey (also known as Sledge Hockey) was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. Members of Team Texas will be on hand to demonstrate the sport and give attendees a chance to play. Come learn about this sport which follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of modifications to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels will be used for this demo. Learn more at www.texassledhockey.org and www.starskaters.org.



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