Disability Recreation

Disability Recreation


For In Motion, I’m Curt Parker Each person is special and important. You reach them at the level of what they need. My transition from being the track coach to this disability recreation program because the university felt there was a need for us to help not only able bodied students, and participants in the area, to have opportunity in sport and recreation, but also disability persons. Penn State’s disability recreation program provides exercise and rehabilitation swimming classes, as well as supervised weight training for the elderly. The programs ability track and field team have their sights set on the 2008 world paralympic games. Ready, Set, Go! And Teri Jordan provides her guidance, support, and expertise to all. Maggie Redden, a senior at Penn State, has been training and competing in the program for 4 years. I got polio when I was in India when I was a year old, and I was adopted when I was two and a half, from my mom as a single parent, and I have a younger sister who’s actually adopted too. And her main focus is basketball, so she’s the basketball player, I’m the track person. I will compete, hopefully, in Pan Am games, and I’m ultimately hoping to make the Beijing team for 2008, paralympics. I think Teri just loves helping people. She gets tough, but sometimes we need that just to push us through. She’s our coach, but she’s also our friend. I had a little boy that I taught to swim, and he had spina bifida, and he’d never been able to walk before. He learned how to swim, and he looked up and pointed to those trophies and said, ‘Do you think I’ll be able to win those some day?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ I get more back from them in reminding me how special life is, and how special each moment is. It’s easy to be motivated to want to help enhance their lives. We have an opportunity at this university to give a little back to some people like it’s been given to me. For more information about Penn State’s Disability Recreation & Ability Athletics Program, call 814-865-8375. For In Motion, I’m Curt Parker.

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