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Long Beach Hosts Historic Adaptive Sports Fair: Embracing Inclusivity and Diversity

 
by: Ron Krajniak
Published: February 27, 2024

 

LONG BEACH...Playmakers, SoCal Adaptive Sports, The Long Beach City College Foundation, and Long Beach City College are proud to announce the inaugural Adaptive Sports Fair, a groundbreaking event aimed at fostering inclusivity and celebrating the diversity of athletes of all abilities. This pioneering initiative, slated for April 13, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the city's commitment to accessibility and equality in sports.  

The Adaptive Sports Fair will take place at the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Sports Complex from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm featuring a wide range of adaptive sports demonstrations, and interactive activities, tailored to individuals with disabilities. From wheelchair basketball to beep baseball, attendees will have the opportunity to explore various adaptive sports and engage with experts in the field.  

We are thrilled to bring the first-ever Adaptive Sports Fair to Long Beach. This event underscores the collective community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive where everyone, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities.  

The Adaptive Sports Fair has already garnered support from a diverse array of vendors and sponsors committed to promoting accessibility and empowerment for athletes with disabilities. Among the confirmed participants are: 

  • Able Arts: Button Making 
  • Amp’d on LIfe: Crutch Soccer 
  • Helping Kids Golf: Snag Golf 
  • Innova Disks: Disc Golf 
  • Millikan “Rams without Limits”: Dance 
  • Mixed Miracle Arts: Martial Arts 
  • Mobile Learning Adventure: Kids Museum 
  • Playmakers: Baseball, Standing Basketball 
  • The Rinks and Great Park Ice: Top Flight Street Hockey 
  • SoCal Adaptive Sports: Wheelchair Basketball, Boccia, Pickleball 
  • SoCal Beep Baseball: Baseball for the visually impaired 
  • SoCal Trykers: Tricycles 
  • Southern California Vaqueros: Power Soccer 
  • Tichenor Clinic: Fitness  
  • USTA-Southern California: Standing Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis 

This event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. Our sponsorships to date include; Autism Spectrum Consultants, Councilwoman Megan Kerr, Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, DJ B Diamond, LA Care Plan, LB Citizens Committee on Disabilities, Long Beach Utilities, LuskinOIC, MemorialCare / Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Momentum Refresh, Move United, Pools of Hope, RISE Healthcare, The Rinks, Speech and Language Development Center, Sunset Vans, TASK, and US Department of Veterans Affairs.  

The Adaptive Sports Fair promises to be an inspiring and transformative event, showcasing the talents and resilience of athletes with disabilities while promoting awareness and understanding of adaptive sports. 

For more information about the Adaptive Sports Fair and how to get involved, please visit www.LetsBePlaymakers.org or contact cynthia@letsbeplaymakers.org

 

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