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7th Annual DisAbility Sports Festival Highlights Ability over Disability


  • Published: 2013-09-26 (Revised/Updated 2013-10-25) : Author: Howard Brodwin - Sports and Social Change : Contact: www.disabilitysportsfestival.org - sportfes@csusb.edu - (909) 537-5352
  • Synopsis: 2013 DisAbility Sports Festival with over 25 sports and physical activities, Sunday, October 20 at the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

Largest Sporting Event in the Western United States for People with Disabilities, the 7th Annual DisAbility Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, highlights "Ability over Disability." Over 1,000 participants will be engaging in over 25 sports and physical activities, Sunday, October 20, 2013 on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

Note: This event was previously scheduled for Sat 10/5 and postponed to Sunday, October 20th due to unsafe weather conditions

The 2013 DisAbility Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, will bring together over 1,000 people with disabilities to participate in over 25 different sports and physical activities on Sunday, October 20, 2013 on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).

The free, one-day event provides opportunities for people with disabilities to try a wide range of adaptive sports and activities, and connect with local clubs, leagues & programs in their community. The event is open to people of ALL ages with ANY physical or developmental disability including paraplegia, quadriplegia, spinal injury, spina bifida, amputee, hearing impairment, visual impairment, neuromuscular disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome & intellectual disabilities.

Over 25 sports will be available for attendees to try including:

Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Judo, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Archery, Yoga, Baseball, Kayaking, Canoeing, Golf, Track & Field (running and field events / throwing disciplines), Skateboarding, Biathlon (skiing & target shooting), Adaptive Climbing, Rowing, Sled Hockey, Goalball, Dance, Tae Kwon Do.

Sports Partners include:

Coaches and demonstrators are elite level, internationally competing athletes with a disability including current and former US Paralympic team members and World Champions including:

The DisAbility Sports Festival was created by CSUSB professor of Kinesiology Dr. Aaron Moffett to increase the quality of life and health of people with disabilities by introducing them to sports and physical activity opportunities, and to educate the community about the potential and successes of people in disability sport and physical activity. The DisAbility Sports Festival operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is 100% volunteer run and provides a service learning opportunity for CSUSB students.

The 2013 event will serve as a kickoff for the National Disabilities Awareness Month at CSUSB. "By participating in sport and physical activity, people with disabilities discover there are no limits to their potential and are exposed to multiple opportunities that exist within their local community," said Dr. Moffett.

The 7th Annual Disability Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, will be held Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 9am - 3:30pm on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

Update on This Event

The 2013 DisAbility Sports Festival, presented by Molina Healthcare, drew over 500 athletes and 1,500 attendees to the campus of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) this past weekend to try over 20 different sports for people with disabilities.

DisAbility Sports Festival founder and CSUSB associate professor of Kinesiology Dr. Aaron Moffett welcomed the athletes at Opening Ceremonies with the encouragement to "get out there and try" the 20 different sports and physical activities available throughout the day. Para-Archery World Champion Janice Walth, who is blind, lit the ceremonial torch with an arrow and spoke to the athletes about overcoming obstacles and "achieving anything they could dream of" in their personal, professional and athletic endeavors.

Sports partners and programs were on-site to share information with attendees on how to get involved in their community with sports programs for people with disabilities, including: US Tennis Association (USTA), American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), CSU San Bernardino All-Star Swim, Little League Challenger Baseball, Disabled Golfers Learning Foundation, Blind Judo Foundation, Rolling Bears Wheelchair Athletic Association, California Adaptive Rowing Program, Triumph Foundation (Quad Rugby), US Power Soccer Association, Incight, No Limits (Adaptive Climbing), The Skate Connection (Skateboarding) and Organization for the Physically Impaired (OPI).

The 2013 DisAbility Sports Festival was dedicated to Mr. Fred Brattain of the Disabled Golfer's Learning Foundation, a disabled veteran and long time advocate of sports for people with disabilities who passed away just weeks before the event. Mr. Brattain had been a fixture at past DisAbility Sports Festival events providing golf instruction, and was a frequent guest lecturer at CSUSB about successfully living with a disability and how sports and physical activity can teach great life lessons.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 5th however winds in excess of 50 mph that day forced organizers to postpone until Sunday, October 20th. Organizers acknowledged the schedule change had an impact on attendance, as many pre-registered participants who were traveling from out of state were not able to attend. The DisAbility Sports Festival has seen attendance growth each year since its inception in 2007, becoming the largest sporting event for people with all disabilities in the western United States.

The DisAbility Sports Festival was created by CSUSB professor of Kinesiology Dr. Aaron Moffett to increase the quality of life and health of people with disabilities by introducing them to sports and physical activity opportunities, and to educate the community about the potential and successes of people in disability sport and physical activity. The DisAbility Sports Festival operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is 100% volunteer run and provides a service learning opportunity for CSUSB students.

Future DisAbility Sports Festival events are currently in the planning stages. An event will be held in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, CA, in early 2014, and organizers are in discussions to bring the DisAbility Sports Festival to additional cities across the United States. A successful 1/2 day event was held in New Jersey in June of this year, and served as the first out-of-state event for the organization.

Support for the 2013 DisAbility Sports Festival at CSUSB was provided by Molina Healthcare, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, ABILITY Magazine, ABILITY Jobs, Peter's El Loco, and the CSUSB Student Success Initiative.

For more information, please visit www.disabilitysportsfestival.org or contact sportfes@csusb.edu / (909) 537-5352

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