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OrangeAbility 2016: Let’s All Play Accessible Athletics
Members of the Syracuse University and Central New York communities are invited to participate in Syracuse University’s fifth annual accessible athletics expo, OrangeAbility. This student-led initiative is sponsored by the Disability Student Union, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Disability Cultural Center (DCC), Department of Recreation Services and community organization Move Along Inc. The event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 1-4 p.m. in the Women’s Building. It is free and open to the public.
OrangeAbility provides attendees with a chance to participate in accessible, adaptive and inclusive sports, including wheelchair basketball, power soccer, sled hockey and more. In addition, attendees can visit with local community-based organizations, meet SU student groups and engage with local teams during the expo. Registration is available on the OrangeAbility website or day-of at the expo.
“The beauty of OrangeAbility is that anyone who wants to play, can. In addition to being able to participate, one can learn about the sports being showcased as well as other adaptive sports through local organizations,” says Disability Student Union Vice President Jordan Feldman, a senior in the School of Education. “I’ve always loved being able to play sports with my friends throughout my entire life. I’ve also been fortunate to meet new people and make lasting friendships because of the platform sports provide. I sincerely believe that everyone, regardless of ability level, should have this invaluable opportunity.”
OrangeAbility provides people who are able-bodied and people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy sports that are tailored for a wide variety of players. The afternoon activities will celebrate an array of disability cultures and identities, providing a safe space for all to feel welcome and comfortable. It is an event that highlights the legacy and growing vibrancy of the disability community on and off the hill.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. Free parking is available outside the Women’s Building across Mt. Olympus Drive. Volunteers will be directing attendees along the way.
For more information, questions, or additional accommodations needed, please visit the OrangeAbility website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.