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Team PossAbilities is our adaptive sports program developed to promote healthy living and exercise for people with diverse physical and intellectual disabilities. Our team members participate in road cycling, swimming, triathlons, wheelchair sports, walking and running events. Our multi-sport team members are active on a social, recreational, intermediate, and elite level. In addition to increasing awareness for the PossAbilities program, our goal is to promote the benefits of a healthy and productive lifestyle through peer support, training, teamwork, and competition. The team also supports and organizes both recreational and competitive events throughout the year. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all part of Team PossAbilities. Team PossAbilities integrates disabled persons with the rest of our community. Our team will have inspiration for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.
The Rolling Bears were co-founded in 1988 by Larry Echols and Bill Ystad. We play in the Southern California Wheelchair Basketball Conference, which is sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The Rolling Bears have won 4 conference championships and their highest finish at Division 3 Nationals was 6th place.
The Lady Warriors Women’s Wheelchair basketball team is composed of 8 disabled women dedicated to the game of wheelchair basketball and committed to going to the National Championship. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball has been in existence since 1970 and women’s division was created in the N.W.B.A. (National Wheelchair Basketball Association) in 1974. To date, there are 12 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams in the U.S. and the Lady warriors are the only team in Southern California.
In 1988, the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) was formed to help regulate and promote the sport on both a national and international level. Since its introduction, Quad Rugby has grown to become a truly international sport, with teams now competing from around the globe. There are now more than forty-five organized teams in the United States with many others in the developmental stage. In addition to the teams in the US, there is estimated to be at least twenty international teams from as far away as Australia. Without question, quad rugby is the fastest growing wheelchair sport in the world today.
Established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC, area, Team River Runner (TRR) is a primarily volunteer organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. Working in partnership with The Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA, TRR gives military veterans and their family members an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddle sports. The benefits of TRR have as much to do with social support, finding emotional strength and re-creating personal identity as they do with athletic activity.