Category: Amputee Events

First Volley Tennis Clinic on Sept 8th and NEW First Target Archery Clinic on 10/28/2012!

The Next First Volley Adaptive Tennis Clinic sponsored by the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) at Balboa Tennis Courts is approaching QUICKLY! Next Saturday, September 8 from 12 noon to 2 pm. This is a great opportunity

to get out, meet some people and learn some new skills! …. and after that, stay tuned for more information on the launch of OPAF’s *NEW* First Clinic – First Target! It’s an archery clinic for amputees, and will be held at Woodley Park in Encino, CA on October 28!!!! Mark your calendar!!!
Photo: The Next First Volley Adaptive Tennis Clinic sponsored by the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) at Balboa Tennis Courts is approaching QUICKLY!  Next Saturday, September 8 from 12 noon to 2 pm.  This is a great opportunity to get out, meet some people and learn some new skills!     .... and after that, stay tuned for more information on the launch of OPAF's *NEW* First Clinic - First Target!  It's an archery clinic for amputees, and will be held at Woodley Park in Encino, CA on October 28!!!! Mark your calendar!!!
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Amputee Life from a Woman’s Perspective gathering, 8/12/2012 – A great opportunity to meet and share with members of our *unique* community!

Attention Southern California Ladies! We are excited to announce the date of our 2nd “Amputee life from a woman’s perspective” event! See below for details…. RSVP soon…and please bring a friend!

“Amputee Life from a Woman’s Perspective”
Hosted by: Bonnie Jones
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Time: 1-6pm
Location: The Mission Viejo, CA home of Bonnie Jones, SCP Patient Advocate and a bilateral amputee
Bring: A bathing suit if you’d like to use the pool, and a “pot luck” dish to share

Come join us for an afternoon among members of our own community – women of all ages who happen to be amputees. As we eat, laugh, and swim, we can share valuable information and understanding of issues unique to us in a relaxed and comfortable environment. No subject will be off limits!

Bonnie Jones has generously offered to host our summer session at her home in Mission Viejo! She has plenty of space, so we encourage you to bring a differently abled friend with you if you’d like, and don’t forget your bathing suit in case you’d like to take advantage of the beautiful pool! Let’s get the word out! The more the merrier (and the more food – ha!)!

Please RSVP to Bonnie at 949.892.5338, and she will provide you with her address at that time.

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Adaptive Climbing Clinic at Joshua Tree National Park , April 6-8, 2012

Ronnie Dickson, CP, who is also an above knee amputee, will be instructing this adaptive climbing clinic next month. If you’ve ever thought about giving it a try, here is your chance!

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Join Team SCP for the Tour de Palm Springs Charity Bike Event on February 11, 2012!

Attention all SCP patients, families and friends!! LET’S ROLL!!! We’re putting together a team for the Tour de Palm Springs charity bike ride on February 11th, and would love to have you join us! You may register for whichever ride you choose (5K – 100K!) using the attached link. ….and please let Bonnie know ASAP if you’d like to wear a “Team SCP” T-Shirt! We’ll need to order them by next Wednesday, February 1st!!! Some of the proceeds from this event will go to local amputee support groups.

Tour de Palm Springs Info

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Amp 1 Basketball Tryouts scheduled for February in Dallas, TX

Amp 1 will be holding open tryouts for the 2012 tour in late February in Dallas, Texas. If you are SERIOUS about playing and trying out….message Scott Odom or Tyler Hyatt for more information on the upcoming tryouts in February for Amp 1 Basketball 2012 tour. email: Scott Odom at scott@amp1basketball.com or Tyler Hyatt at bthyatt@gmail.com

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Amputee Connections of Redlands Picnic, 10/30/2011

The Amputee Connections of Redlands support group held its first ever picnic on Sunday, October 30th at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. They had handcycles available for people to try and the Norco Lions club cooked up a tasty BBQ of hamburgers and hot dogs. And speaking of “hot dogs”, Rick’s dog, Sky, entertained everyone with her fabulous frisbe moves! Other SCP attendees (Bonnie, Arlene, Rick and Rick’s wife, Megan) also had a great time! Here are a few photos of the event from Sky’s personal album.. 😉 See more of them on our Facebook page. Thanks to Bill Nessell and Amputee Connections for putting this fine event together!

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A Day Among Giants, San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC), 10/23/2011

Every once in a while you are blessed with a special day when you experience something so moving, inspiring and powerful that it takes your breath away. Such was the case when I attended the San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) fundraiser event in La Jolla, California this past weekend. So, you might be wondering, who are these giants I speak of?

Since Bill Walton was in attendance at many of the events, and certainly the tallest among us, you might think I am speaking about him, but I’m not. There were lots of donors with giant wallets and volunteers with giant hearts, but I’m not talking about them either. The giants I am referring to are the 200+ challenged athletes participating in the event – every single one of them. People with giant hope, determination, and incredible strength of body and character.

As someone who has lived most of my life as an amputee, I am very aware of the huge effort these athletes must put forth and obstacles they must overcome. They train long and hard, through pain, physical setbacks and challenges, to accomplish something most able bodied people can’t even imagine themselves doing – competing in a triathlon!

Although I am fortunate enough to have good health and work at a state-of-the-art prosthetic facility, I have never had the ambition to even attempt to accomplish such a feat. To be honest, lately I have to push myself to lift a few weights or take a spin on my bike. The times I have been tempted to step up my fitness routine I come up with excuses like “I don’t have enough time,” or “I’m getting to0 old.”

So there I was, perched above the La Jolla cove waiting for the ocean swim part of the SDTC to begin, totally unprepared for the emotional ride I was about to take. From the moment the first group of swimmers came forward my eyes were riveted to the scene unfolding in front of me. I watched in awe and amazement as one after another, amputees and other disabled people of all ages and levels of ability – some blind, most missing limbs (many two or more) climbed, hopped and rolled or were carried into the bone-chilling Pacific Ocean for a 1-mile swim! Then I watched again as they emerged from that water the same way they went in, dried off, reattached body parts, and went on to complete the rest of the competition! Every event I witnessed blew me away. Our own Mei Mei White (just 7 years old and an above knee amputee) rode her hand cycle for 10 miles on a difficult course set up for adults! Two-year-old Cody proudly put his “bendy knee” to the test as he ran with his mom in the Kids Run while his family, clad in bright yellow “Team Cody” shirts, cheered him on. Chris Self, who became a below knee amputee as a result of  injuries suffered while defending our country, completed the Tri just days after riding a bike 620 miles down the California coast! Although I don’t see myself performing at the level of these warriors, I know I can and should do more, and they have motivated me to make the effort.

So today I am sending a giant shout out and thank you to Scout, Mei Mei, Chris, Cody and Andy (superstar participants from our own POA/SCP family) and all the other amazing athletes I was honored to be among last weekend. The pride and passion you possess and instill in others is very powerful and humbling. You can be sure there will be no more excuses for this woman!

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Opportunity to attend movie premiere of *Dolphin Tale* on 9/17/2011

There’s an opportunity for CA residents to join CAF for the exclusive movie premiere of Dolphin Tale, too! Mark your calendar for September 17, 2011 to see Winter the Dolphin’s inspiring tale! Click on the link for more information.

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From Service Dog to Surf Dog, abcnews.go.com, 8/22/2011

This awesome dog steadies the surfboard for disabled people learning how to surf!    Click here to view video

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