Road Racing and Running
Sportable’s Road Racing Program and Visually Impaired Training Program are ideal for athletes interested in improving their general health and fitness. Sportable’s Road Racing and Running Programs also provide the opportunity to train for and compete in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in April and the Richmond 8K, Half, and Full Marathon Events in November. Open to athletes ages 6 and up, including runners and wheelchair racers.
Tennis is one of the most challenging and rewarding of all wheelchair sports. Participants will learn court mobility, stroke technique, the rules and scoring of the game, all while building strength, cardiovascular ability, and self-esteem in a fun group instruction environment. For individuals age 5 and up. Wheelchairs for tennis, tennis racquets and tennis balls are provided.
Wheelchair rugby is an intense, fast-paced, team-based sport that is ideal for athletes looking for a competitive challenge. Athletes use chairs designed specifically for the sport and contact between the wheelchairs is a significant part of the game. For athletes ages 14 and up who have an impairment in all 4 extremities (quad). Takes place at Humphrey Calder Recreation Center.
Sportable’s aquatic programming will provide a safe environment for participants to successfully learn a variety of skills and achieve their personal goals. Adapted Aquatics will provide athletes with instruction and skill development in the basic swim strokes for recreational and competitive swimming For individuals age 3 and up. Various flotation devices are provided. Depending on the facility, a variety of other aquatic equipment such as noodles, flippers, kickboards, and more may be available for use. Swim goggles are provided.
Power Soccer is a sport specifically designed for power wheelchair users and is played on a basketball court. Guards mounted on players’ wheelchairs protect their feet and allow them to dribble and score by pushing an 18″ ball across their opponent’s goal line. Power Wheelchair Users ages 5 and up with the ability to operate their chair independently. This program takes place at the Midlothian YMCA.
In partnership with the Virginia Boat Club and Richmond Community Rowing, we offer adaptive rowing to athletes of all skill levels. Opportunities are available for regional and national competitions for qualifying athletes. This program is open to those age 14 and up and takes place at Rocketts Landing.
Rock Climbing is a great sport for athletes with a variety of different abilities, and can also be a great cross-training exercise for other sports. Rock climbing is offered in partnership with the VCU Outdoor Adventures Program and Peak Experiences. For athletes ages 5 and up.
Lacrosse is a challenging game for players interested in demanding, fast-paced action. Those with backgrounds in rugby, basketball, track, and field wheelchair sports have also found wheelchair lacrosse exhilarating. This is for individuals ages 14 and up and takes place at Shooters Indoor Sportsplex.
In partnership with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, we offer Flatwater and Whitewater Kayaking to encourage physical fitness, nature exploration, and adventure. The Flatwater program is open to those ages 13 and up. The Whitewater program is open to those ages 16 and up, or those ages 13 and up who have completed the Flatwater program series. Athletes who wish to participate in either of these programs must meet the ACA Essential Eligibility Criteria standards, which will be evaluated by program staff and instructors. Sportable and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation provide all of the necessary equipment for athletes to participate in this program. If you need specific adaptive equipment, please coordinate with the Program Manager to ensure that equipment is available for you to use.
Wheelchair Basketball - Youth
Wheelchair basketball features expert coaching for athletes from beginner to elite, and we offer a youth team for high school-aged kids which competes in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). We also provide opportunities for younger kids to develop their skills in the sport in a team environment. Our wheelchair basketball program is open to athletes of all ages 3 – senior in high school with a permanent lower limb disability (i.e. spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, cerebral palsy, etc.). Not all players use wheelchairs for everyday mobility. This sport is played in sports wheelchairs, and athletes must be able to maneuver their chairs independently. Sportable provides sport wheelchairs for new athletes until they procure their own.