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Hospital holds annual 'adapted sports day'

Posted: 8:41 PM, Sep 18, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-19 00:41:48Z
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute held its annual adapted sports day, and though it was rained out, athletes still found themselves working up a sweat.
 
Adapted sports have been adapted, in some way, so that people with disabilities can participate.
 
Athletes participated in wheelchair rugby, lacrosse, basketball and slalom, hand-cycling, and adapted golf and fencing.
 
Kevin Atherley, 24, a wheelchair basketball athlete, who lost his leg below the knee in 2012 served as keynote speaker.
 
Atherley was given a scholarship to play wheelchair basketball at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania this fall. 
 
Current and former patients, as well as individuals with disabilities living in the community, are encouraged to participate in a range of recreational activities, supervised by trained staff members, who will assess individual needs and abilities," read a release about the event.
 
The event will be held next year, as well, organizers said.