April 22, 2022
Sports Association Newsletter

The Sports Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation.

Dear Friends of the Sports Association,
Spring has sprung and we are looking forward to upcoming special events and outdoor clinics. Our Adaptive Rock Climbing Clinic is back and with a new location at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury on April 30! We also have a special yoga program sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation called Seated Therapeutic Yoga for Resilience and Vitality on May 4th.
We continue to offer our monthly in-person clinics in archery and golf as well as virtual boxing every week through April 27. 
Registration is open for the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Obstacle Mud Run on June 25! Funds raised for this event directly benefit the Gaylord Sports Association programs. Support us by registering as a runner or volunteer! New this year, we are offering an adaptive athlete sponsorship for out of state athletes!  More information in the newsletter below! 
Come out and try a program with us! To see all our programs in one place, you can download a copy of our spring calendar here. For any questions or more information, give us a call at 203-284-2772.
All the best,
The Gaylord Sports Association
News & Updates 
Gaylord Gauntlet - Saturday, June 25
New this year - Adaptive Athlete Sponsorships available for out of state athletes!
Do you know an adaptive athlete who lives out of state and wants to challenge themselves at the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run? Gaylord is offering adaptive athlete sponsorships for out of state athletes to cover race fees, lodging and meals for the adaptive athlete and up to 4 support team members. Here is an opportunity to put determination and athleticism to the test! More than 1,000 athletes will 'run the gauntlet' conquering 23 man-made and natural obstacles. To learn more or to apply, click HERE. For additional information about being an adaptive athlete at the Gauntlet or registering for the race, visit www.gaylordgauntlet.org
Gaylord Golf Classic - Monday, June 20
The Gaylord Annual Golf Classic is an 18-hole, four-person scramble format tournament with a new location this year at Great River Golf Club in Milford. Event proceeds benefit the Gaylord Sports Association, enabling us to organize, promote, and run 15 different adaptive sports programs at little to no cost to participants. Join us for a day of golf, camaraderie, great food, and a raffle and auction. The golf tournament is attended by 120-144 golfers comprised of business leaders, hospital vendors, doctors, members of the Hospital Board of Directors, donors, and friends. Sponsorship visibility opportunities include tee signs, carts signs, table tents, posters, giveaways, etc. For more information on how you can join us as a sponsor or donate to the raffle, please click the link below.
Congratulations Gaylord Wolfpack! 
The Gaylord Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team placed third overall in the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) Atlantic Division!  This is a hard-earned accomplishment and we are proud of each and every player and grateful for our amazing coaches! The team concluded their season at the Amelia Park New England Sled Hockey Tournament April 1-3 in Westfield, MA. This tournament brought together teams from Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Springfield, Vermont and New Hampshire! The Wolfpack welcomed players from CO, MN, PA, and FL to play with the team, including players from the US Women's Development Sled Hockey Team! There was some tough competition, but the positive energy was contagious and it was a great way to end the season!  Check out photos from the event here
Special Events
Seated Therapeutic Yoga for Resilience and Vitality

Brought to you by RxRelax and the National Paralysis Resource Center of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this event will describe, demonstrate, and allow participants to use yoga movements, breath-practices and mindfulness techniques to build overall physical, emotional and cognitive resilience in changing and challenging times. This protocol is evidence-based to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD.  This event is free and open to all. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
12:00PM -1:00PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Or Virtually via Zoom
Preregistration is required
Paratriathlon Training Program
We are gearing up for the 2022 Paratriathlon Training Program which is scheduled to begin in June. We are now accepting applications through May 7th for new and returning athletes. This program is a great opportunity for adaptive athletes to train for and compete in the sport of triathlon! Athletes can choose to compete in all three legs of the race (swim, bike, run) or as part of a relay team. The program culminates with the Madison Triathlon in September. Interested athletes must apply and be selected to participate in the program. Please contact us to learn more and for application materials.
Adaptive Rock Climbing Clinic
Our Adaptive Rock Climbing Clinic is back and with a new location at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury! This is a great opportunity to try indoor rock climbing alongside professional and experienced climbers. Individualized instruction will be provided to introduce adaptive equipment, teach specialized climbing techniques and to support your independence. Standard and adaptive equipment are provided  and no experience is necessary!
Saturday, April 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM OR
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Rock Gym
259 Eastern Blvd
Glastonbury, CT
Space is limited.  Click the link below to register.
Upcoming Programs
Virtual Adaptive Boxing 
Join us on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM through April 27 for this fun and fast paced cardio workout. Everyone can participate at their own pace, seated or standing and no equipment is necessary. This class will challenge you both mentally and physically as you learn different boxing moves and sequences. Each class is 45 minutes and includes a warm-up, stretching, boxing and cardiovascular exercises. 
Wednesdays. March 2, 2022 - April 27
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom
To register, complete both online forms below. 
Kayak Classes
Join the Sports Association for a kayak class in preparation for the summer kayak season! This Adaptive Kayak Class provides the opportunity to learn or re-learn kayaking.  Certified kayak instructors teach the basics of paddle strokes, kayak equipment, safety and how to adapt or modify for individual needs. Once a participant completes the class, they will be eligible to participate in open water paddles during the summer.


 *This class has Essential Eligibility Requirements for participation, including COVID-19 vaccination for participants and instructors. Please contact the Sports Association for details*.

Saturday, May 21, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flagg Pool
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Call us for registration materials
Archery Clinics
Learn the basics of archery and practice proper form at our outdoor range with instruction from USA Archery certified coaches. 
Tuesday. May 3, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Preregistration is required; Call to register.
Golf Clinics
Golf clinics provide the opportunity to work with a trained PGA professional, Certified Recreation Therapists and volunteers to adapt the sport of golf, overcome barriers, and support independence. Clinics will include practice at our outdoor driving range and putting green.  Beginners and returning participants are welcome and all equipment is provided.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Preregistration is required; Call to register.
Program Registration 
Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please contact us with questions or to register by emailing sports@gaylord.org or by calling 203-284-2772.  To maintain as safe an enviroment as possible, COVID-19 protocols will be used for all attendees, staff and volunteers. All participants will be screened for COVID-19 upon entering Gaylord Hospital. Surgical style face masks are required. Clinics will have a maximum number of participants per session. Some programs have essential eligibility requirements for safety.  Cost is FREE unless otherwise noted.
About Our Program
The Gaylord Sports Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation.  We are a program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, located in  Wallingford, CT. We are a proud chapter member of Move United. We serve adults ages 16 and up with physical disability or visual impairment and welcome new members to join us. For more information, please visit our webpage, call us at 203-284-2772 or email sports@gaylord.org.
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PO Box 400, Wallingford, CT, 06492