December 4, 2020
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, 

Recently, the governor announced a pause on team sports in CT due to the increasing COVID numbers.  In response, we have placed our team sports on hold.  We are still able to hold our seated yoga, archery and new this month, boccia, but we have decreased the number of participants for these in-person programs to a maximum of 4 people.  Our seated yoga classes continue to have the option to participate virtually.  We are working on launcing a virutal class series in the new year.  We hope that you are able to take our survey (if you haven't already) and let us know about your preferences regarding virtual and in-person programs. 


We are also excited to announce that we are planning to hold our ski and snowboard program this winter.  Join us for the Discovery Night on December 17th to learn about this year's program.


Our number one priority as we continue to add programs is the health and safety of all participants, volunteers, and staff.  Take a look at our updated policies and procedures following the programs section of the newsletter for more information.

Feel free to contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or visit our website at for more information. We hope you stay healthy and enjoy the holiday season! 


All the best,

The Sports Association

News and Updates
Sports Association Survey
We want to hear from you!  The pandemic continues to bring challenges to the adaptive sports community and we are looking for your feedback on the best way to move forward with our programming for 2021. Your participation in the survey will help us to understand your preferences regarding in-person and virtual programs as well as your interest in specific program areas. Your feedback is valuable and we appreciate your time in completing this survey as we work hard to plan our adaptive sports programs for 2021! 
New Tennis Courts
The Gaylord Tennis Courts have been repaired and refinished!  Thanks to generous donations from the Spring River Private Trust and Pamela Werth, we were able to complete much needed repairs and resurfacing of the tennis courts.  The courts are primarily utilized for the Gaylord Sports Association Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team however, the new courts will also be used for Pickleball!  Pickleball lines were added to the courts and this sport will be introduced by the Gaylord Sports Association in the spring of 2021. The newly finished courts were completed in October and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, November 16th to recognize and thank the donors who contributed to the project.
Sled Hockey Team News
The Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team began their 2020-21 season in November at Westminster School with new social distancing protocols in place.  Practices are currently paused due to the Governor's mandate.  We will start up again as soon as we have clearance and it is safe to do so! 
Special Events
Ski & Snowboard Discovery Night

We are excited to annouce that we are planning to hold our adaptive ski and snowboard program this year in collaboration with STRIDE and Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT.  Please join us for this virtual discovery night to learn about the program as well as changes this year due to COVID.  The discovery night will be presented by Sports Association staff and a represnetative from Ski Sundown.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
*Virtual using Zoom *

Cost is Free!

Advanced Registration is required

To register, please contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or
Upcoming Programs
Seated Yoga Classes
Our Seated Yoga Class series continues to be held monthly November through April.  Participants can choose to attend in-person or virtually via Zoom.  There will be a limit of 4 participants for the in-person class and masks will be required.  When the in person class is filled, participants can be registered for the virtual class if requested.  Registered Yoga instructor, Tanya Sage, will guide participants through a 60-minute seated class consisting of breathing exercises, seated yoga poses, self-awareness and ending with a meditation. Benefits of yoga may include, improved flexibility, circulation, posture and strength. Seated yoga classes offer the opportunity for individuals of all ability levels to enjoy the benefits of yoga. 
Next Session:
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Gaylord Hospital
Roncari Hall
2nd Floor Jackson Pavilion
Or virtually via ZOOM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost is Free!

Advanced Registration is required.  
Please call 203-284-2772 for more information and to register.
Adaptive Archery Clinics
Join us for this sport of accuracy and skill!  Pre-registration is required and COVID-19 protocols will be used for all attendees and staff. Masks will be required. We are offering two sessions and there is a limit of 4 archers per session.  A bow will be reserved for each participant upon registration.  There is no cost for this program.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Roncari Hall
Gaylord Hospital
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (*This session will be available once the first session fills)
Cost is Free!

Advanced Registration is required.
Please call 203-284-2772 for more information and to register.
Boccia Open Play
Boccia is back!  Join us for our first Boccia Open Play of the season.  Boccia is a throwing sport of precision which has been adapted for athletes of all abilities using a few modifications. The object is to place balls closest to the target ball by throwing or rolling the ball using a ramp. Games are played one on one, in pairs, and teams of three. All are welcome to learn this game of skill and strategy! Pre-registration is required and COVID-19 protocols will be used for all attendees and staff. Masks will be required. There is a limit of 4 participants per session.  Preregistration is required. Contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or to register.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (*This session will be available once the first session fills). 
Roncari Hall
Gaylord Hospital

Cost is Free!

Advanced Registration is required.
Please call 203-284-2772 for more information and to register.
COVID-19 Program Information and Protocols
The number one priority of the Gaylord Sports Association is the health and safety of all participants, staff, volunteers and visitors.  We have developed new policies and protocols to provide as safe a program as possible and minimize the risk of exposure.  We are also adding virtual program options when possible.  We are following new guidelines based on the Governor mandates and currently all sports team programs are on hold.  Please take a look at the information below and feel free to contact us if you have additional questions or concerns.
Criteria for Participation
  • No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in past 14 days.
  • Temperature screening must be under 100.4.
  • No travel to high risk areas within the past 14 days.
  • No sustained contact with anyone who is sick or suspected to have COVID-19 within 14 days of program.
  • If you have had a confirmed positive COVID-19 infection, a note from your doctor is required to participate.
Infection Prevention Measures:
  • Group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 4 people.
  • Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required for anyone in attendance at programs. 
  • Practice areas will be marked to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of space.
  • Participants will be asked to use hand sanitizer before, after and during prgrams as needed. 
  • No sharing of equipment.  Equipment used will be sanitized before and after use.
  • High touch surfaces, equipment and seating will be sanitized before and after programs.
  • At risk individuals are still encouraged to stay safe and stay home.
  • We will stay up to date with state and local safety regulations as well as recommendations by sport specific organizations.
Registration Information:
  • Classes and clinics will be announced through emails and newsletters.
  • Liability waiver and media release will now be signed online.  
  • Both in-person and virtual participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Annual member profile updates will be conducted over the phone when registering.
  • Pre-registration is required for for both in person and virtual classes.
  • Clinic spots will be filled on a first come/first served basis starting with the first clinic time. 
  • Participants may register for the next upcoming class and clinics only. 
  • To register for a program, call the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or email
In-Person Class Details:
  • Each clinic or class with have a limited number of spaces available. 
  • All particpants will be asked screening questions upon registration.
  • COVID-19 protocols will be used for all attendees and staff. 
  • Masks will be required.
  • Temperature checks and screening questions will be conducted upon entrance to Gaylord or upon arrival at clinic.

Virtual Yoga Class Details:

  • Yoga Classes will be offered via the Zoom platform.
  • Participants will use a personal device from home to connect to the Yoga Zoom class.
  • We enourage guests to attend, but everyone must register and complete waivers and member profiles!
About Our Program and Events

The Gaylord Sports Association is a program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and is based out of Wallingford, CT. We are a chapter member of Move United. We serve adults ages 16 and up with physical disability or visual impairments and welcome new members to join us. For more information, please visit our webpage or call us at 203-284-2772.

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PO Box 400, Wallingford, CT, 06492