The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) is designed to challenge youth and adults with physical disabilities develop skills that will lead to and enhance an active and productive lifestyle - one without barriers or limits.
The mission of ASAP is to encourage, initiate and collaborate with others with similar interests to create opportunities for patients at Carolinas Rehabilitation and other persons with physical disabilities within the communities we serve to develop a recreationally active lifestyle.
The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program will be recognized as the leader in facilitating recreational opportunities for the individuals with physical disabilities we serve.
ASAP provides opportunities to participate in team sports such as:
- Wheelchair basketball
- Power soccer
ASAP provides opportunities for participation in:
ASAP partners with Mecklenburg County, NC Park and Recreation to offer adaptive fishing. Adaptive fishing occurs throughout the summer and early fall. Fishing is an opportunity for youth and adults to explore local accessible parks and lakes in our area. Recreational therapists and outdoor recreational specialists partner together to ensure the safest and most enjoyable fishing experience possible for our participants. All adaptive fishing equipment is provided.
ASAP has sponsored the annual Learn-to-Ski Clinic at Ski Beech for several years. This clinic is the oldest adaptive snow ski clinic of its kind. Each year, the top adaptive ski instructors, nationwide adaptive sports programs, recreational therapists, and volunteers, join forces to provide the most rewarding and safest clinic possible. Ski Beech has hosted the event for over 25 years. The clinic hosts biskiing, monoskiing, three and four tracking, snowboarding and skiing for the visually impaired.
The clinic is held each January, typically the week following the Martin Luther King holiday.
Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program in partnership with the Lake Norman YMCA, provides the Charlotte, NC, region with adaptive waterskiing during the Summer. We work with beginners to advanced, youth and adults. Our youngest skier is three years old and our oldest is 69 years old. We have certified instructors and all the safety measures in place to ensure a successful ski experience for our participants on the lake. The adaptive water skiing program serves the most diverse populations and reaches persons with disabilities all across our state.
ASAP skies weekly June through August at the Lake Norman YMCA in Cornelius, NC. We also provide adaptive water skiing one Saturday a month.
ASAP relies on funding opportunities and grants throughout the year to provide adaptive programming for our community and purchase adaptive equipment. Cycle to the Sea is the largest fundraiser for ASAP, held at the end of April each year. Fundraising and grant opportunities keep fees to a minimum for our participants.
ASAP staff are licensed and certified recreational therapists. Volunteers are needed for various programs throughout the year.
To learn more about opportunities with this program, call 704-355-1062 or email us.
ASAP was honored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) with the coveted Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence. This honor is reserved for hospital volunteer programs that demonstrate excellence and recognizes the impact their contributions have on their patients and communities.
ASAP staff are licensed and certified recreational therapists. Volunteers are always needed for various programs.
For more information about ASAP programs or to become a volunteer, please call 704-355-1062 or email us.
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