Participants may now register online for the 7th annual DisAbility Sports Festival at Cal State San Bernardino, set for Saturday, Oct. 5. Because of high wind conditions in the area, the event has been postponed and will be held at a later date.
Registration is free to participants, ages 8 months to 84 years old, of all abilities at the Disability Sports Festival website.
Organizers are expecting as many as 1,000 participants, including more than 100 disabled military veterans, competing in at least 20 different sports, including wheelchair and standing basketball, tennis, soccer, wall climbing, swimming and hand cycling.
Each sport and activity will be coached by an athlete with a disability, including Paralympians, and other elite-level coaches, which, organizers say, really is a display of all the participants’ abilities.
The purpose of the festival is to increase the sports opportunities for athletes with disabilities and thereby increase their quality of life and health, says festival director Aaron Moffett, professor of kinesiology at Cal State San Bernardino.
“The program has quickly become one of the largest sporting programs in the country for people with any disability,” Moffett said. “The growth is due to the testament of the need for such programs, especially for wounded warriors.
“The reason that we do this is because it helps people focus on success and their abilities when sometimes people focus on perceived inabilities,” he said. “One of our military participants last year said that the event made him feel alive again since being back fromAfghanistan. The power of sport can touch everyone’s life and that is why we have the DisAbility Sports Festival.”
Also featured will be more than 30 information booths from community programs and services that are available for people with disabilities and their families.
Including volunteers, supporters, spectators and athletes, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people will come to the university on Oct. 5 for the festival.
Molina Healthcare is the lead sponsor of the event.
For more information about the festival, visit the DisAbility Sports Festival website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Aaron Moffet at (909) 537-5352.
For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.