As part of its "Special Olympics" volunteer opportunity week, Axis UChicago hosted Jason Stubbeman, Adaptive Sports Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, who led a workshop on adaptive sports.
Stubbeman led the group through a discussion on adaptive sports, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the integrity of the sport and promoting as much independence as possible by adapting only what needs to be adapted.
That being said, he shared the unlimited possibilities of adaptive sports, from archery for people who may be visually impaired or sled hockey for people who have had both legs amputated. Below, Stubbeman is explaining the build and function of a sled hockey sled.
He also explained the difference between paralympics and special olympics, and spoke to Axis members about etiquette when working in adaptive sports, such as handling wheelchairs and other equipment.
The workshop was a great way to both gain exposure to the world of adaptive sports and prepare for the upcoming volunteer opportunity with Special Olympics Chicago.
Grace is a third year majoring in Political Science. She is co-founder and current co-president of Axis UChicago.