Ability First is a wheelchair sports camp designed to provide instructional and recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities. Athletes must be minimum assist to independent and be able to actively engage in sports. Sports range from the beginner through both the junior and national levels of athletic competition. Evening recreation programs are designed to provide opportunities for leisure and social activities.
Who can attend?
Athletes who have a physical disability, ranging in age from 8-17.
When is it?
June 21-27, 2020
What does camp include?
Includes room and board, minimum assistance with daily living activities, a camp T-shirt, a water bottle, instruction in wheelchair sports programs, access to specialized equipment, transportation to the water ski lake and social activities.
Programs are directed toward wheelchair sports instruction for youth who have physical disabilities. Some sports may be appropriate for ambulatory athletes depending on individual ability. Prior to instruction, athletes’ abilities will be assessed. Campers participate in a wide range of sport opportunities including wheelchair Basketball, Quad Rugby, Power Soccer, Hand Cycling, WCMX, Track & Field, Tennis and Water Sports. Evening Programs include; Skit Night (Parent invited), Movie Night and a dance party. Expect to have fun, be active and have full staff support.
Ability First Staff are comprised of professionals in the community who have years of experience and knowledge of persons with disabilities. Our coaches are disabled athletes with training and experience in collegiate, national and international Paralympic sports. Our counselors are students from California State University, Chico’s Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Education Departments, and include staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley.
The Countdown to 2020 Camp Begins!
CAMP COSTSummer 2020
- Room & Board
- All Specialty Equipment
- Local Transportation to Events
- Round-the-clock Medical Assistance
- Athletic Coaching
- Life Skills Coaching
- Social Events
In certain cases, your child could be eligible to receive funding through agencies and organizations you are already working with to provide financial assistance. Please notify your child’s case worker. Funding approval must be verified with your application.
Ability First Scholarship
A letter of request must be submitted with your application. Our scholarship committee reviews each request to determine eligibility and financial need. Contact Eric Snedeker for more information at (530) 966-0115.
Note on Financial Assistance
Ability First Sports wants to ensure that each athlete who has a genuine desire to participate is able to attend. In many cases, family and friends are eager and willing to help in such ways, if your child has a willing sponsor those external sources enable Ability First Sports to continue to provide these opportunities as well as year-round programs.
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