Category: Amputee Sports

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.

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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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Ready to Hit the Slopes? Check out the Adaptive Ski Program at Big Bear!

It’s that time of year! The snow is falling, and people are starting to hit the slopes! If you’re a Southern California amputee and thinking about learning to ski or getting back into it, you might be interested in checking out the following ski program available at Big Bear Mountain. US Adaptive Recreation Center.

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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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CAF 2012 Access for Athletes Grant Application Available

Calling all challenged athletes! The 2012 “Access for Athletes” grant application is now available! Make sure to get your request for funding of adaptive equipment, coaching or training expenses in before December 1st. Click on link for an application.

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AMP 1 Basketball team at L.A. Live Event, latimes.com, 8/2011

Scott Odom and the rest of the Amp 1 basketball team participated in the L.A.Live event this month. Very impressive!

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