Four La Rabida patients and their families recently attended the Adaptive Sports Expo at the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. The event showcased how children and young adults with disabilities can still get active and participate in a wide range of sports.
Some activities presented were hockey, played in rolling carts; bowling with light balls, and judo taught by children. Kids were also able to dig for dinosaur bones, walk through an interactive garden, play in a “world of water” and build skyscrapers.
A panel of athletes with disabilities later spoke about how they overcome physical challenges to excel. Panelists included a girl who attended the London 2012 Paralympics, a paraplegic who now swims competitively, a young man with cerebral palsy who now plays basketball and blind girl who now rock climbs, skis, and swims.
Welcome to the Chicago Children’s Museum inside Navy Pier!
Children and families listening to the panels of athletes
A panel of athletes with disabilities spoke to the children about how they have overcome their own disabilities and played their ways to success.
Maritza, 6, playing an adaptive form of hockey
Fun with water!
Gustavo adding beams to his skyscraper
Gredmarie, 1, plays with a small car in the cardboard room