Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation Expo 2014

Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation Expo 2014


Hello this is Richard Zeitlan here at
Helen Hayes Hospital to cover the annual sports and recreation Expo. Let’s go
check it out. The Helen Hayes Hospital sports expo is event and which vendors
and Helen Hayes employees can showcase the many opportunities for recreation for
people with disabilities and people in wheelchairs. Richard: Hi I’m here with Ryan here
at the sports expo. Richard: So Ryan how did you find out about the sports expo? Ryan: Through a friend. Richard: Is this your first time coming. Ryan: Yes. Richard: So what have you done today
what have you tried out? Ryan: A bunch of different stuff. I tried out the just the
archery signed up for some sailing lessons, kayaking stuff, a bunch of
different cool things. Richard: So have you learned a lot from coming here? Ryan: Sure,
absolutely, yeah I didn’t know there was this much stuff available out there. Richard: Thank You Ryan. Ryan: No problem man, have a good one. Richard: Due to the amazing people at this event, people in wheelchairs are
able to play sports from bike racing to tennis. Hi i’m here with Carla from the
USPTA foundation, so Carla how did you find out about the sports expo? Carla: Well Matt
actually is the one who provided us with the sports wheelchairs for our workshop
and we do this in conjunction with Push To Walk, which is Push To Walk is an
exercise facility for people with paralysis or any other neurological
disorders so with that, Matt has always actually helped us out with any kinds of
sports chairs. So from there I knew about this and we will continue to work
together to keep providing workshops. Richard: Is this your first year coming here? Carla: Yes it is. Richard: Okay so how’s the turnout at the event this year Carla: It’s really crowded and
it seems to be everyone is here from, you know, from this Community this hospital
community and there are a lot of vendors and everyone’s really great with
learning about the different programs that are here and I love how there’s an
adapted sports area in the back where it’s basically providing any kinds of
sports which is awesome because we, I know working with people in wheelchairs
or just any kind of paralysis I know that they can do it, so now it’s cool
that they can see that they can do it. Richard: Thank you so much. Carla: No problem Richard: Many people in
wheelchairs do not know about the many possibilities they have for recreation
and this event helped them out a lot. Richard: Hi i’m here with Ellie cox for Kelly’s
international. So Ellie what is the program that you run? Ellie: Well the program of
Achilles is to enable people with disabilities to compete in mainstream
athletics so that’s triathlons, that’s marathons, that’s regular road races, by
whatever means possible whether you want to walk, run, roll, crutch, read, what is
this thing called, ReWalk any means possible because it just gets people out
there feeling good. Richard: What are you showing off here at the sports expo? Ellie: I’m showing
off myself and basically Achilles membership. I’m working, what we do here
with Helens Angels is we are embedding Achilles into their hand cycle program,
so when someone comes and takes one of their clinics if they find that hand
cycling is what they really love then they join Achilles and will support them
with race entry fees and the ability to kind of learn the races and how you get
into them. Richard: What do you think the turnout has been this year? Ellie: The turnout here at
the at the expo has been really terrific. For me the difference between one and
none is humongous and I met Gina who is a recent amputee and I think that she is
going to be a great, a great multi-sport athlete. Richard: Thank you so much. Matt
Castelluccio did a great job organizing this event and it was a great success
this year. Richard: Hi I’m here with Matt Castelluccio adaptive sports coordinator at
Helen Hayes. So Matt what is your job entail? Matt: My job entails getting individuals
involved in recreational activities after having a traumatic injury of any
type so I do community outreach, and I take individuals out doing recreational
activities showing them that life goes on after injuries through, you know role
modeling and you know getting them involved in groups, you know, they could
see first hand individuals who have successfully overcome
challenges. Richard: Yes, so how long does it take to set up an event like this? Matt: It takes
months for an event of this size. We probably start about nine months out and
it takes a lot of work, a lot of follow-up and I have a great support
team here. Richard: What are the favorite sports that people in wheelchairs like to do? Matt: All sports, you know most popular is probably hand cycling. Hand
cycling, skiing you know, but kayaking, you know they’re, they’re probably sailing is
another big one. They’re probably the most popular. Richard: How is the event gone so
far this year? Matt: We’re, I’m very impressed. I’m very happy with the outcome, the
amount of vendors, the amount of traffic, that we’ve had through here. I think I’ve
helped a lot of individuals learn about what’s out there in the community. Richard: Thank you Matt.
This is Richard reporting for CCSD TV.
Let’s roll on out of here.

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