December 13, 2021
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, 

Winter is right around the corner, and we are looking forward to this year's ski and snowboard outings at Ski Sundown!  Join us for the Discovery Night  on 12/16 to learn about this program. We are also excited to announce a new virtual fitness program in January - Adaptive Boxing!  Our winter Veteran Adaptive Sports Clinic Series will be running this winter, which includes programs in yoga, boccia, archery and kayak.  We continue to offer our indoor adaptive sports clinics in archery, boccia and golf.  It may be getting cold, but there are lots of ways to stay active and involved!  


Feel free to contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or visit our website at for more information on any of our programs. 


All the best,

The Sports Association

News & Updates 
New Putting Green
We are excited to announce that our refurbished putting green was completed in November!  Thank you to the Werth Family Foundation, the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, the Barrett Fund and ongoing support from the Estate of Aldonna B. Wedge for making this project possible! We are looking forward to using the new green during our adaptive golf clinics as well as with our in-patients during therapeutic recreation sessions. 
 National Golf Competitions
Recently, two Gaylord Sports Association Members competed at national level golf competitions. John Casolo, a long time Sports Association Golf Club Member, competed in the Regional and National US Blind Golf Association National Champioships in Florida. 
Todd Blosser, a long time member of the Sports Association, golf clinic volunteer, and frequent tournament player, competed in the National Amputee Golf Association National Tournament in Las Vegas.  Both golfers enjoyed the competitive nature of the tournaments.  
Upcoming Programs
Ski & Snowboard Discovery Night

Interested in adaptive skiing or snowboarding?  Join us Thursday evening on Zoom to learn about the sport and how to get involved in our Ski & Snowboard Club. This year, we will be returning to Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT in collaboration with STRIDE Adaptive Sports. Outings will be offered starting in January.  More information to follow on outing dates and how to register!  

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

*Virtual via Zoom*

Virtual Adaptive Boxing - NEW!

It’s time to try Adaptive Boxing!  This is not your ordinary boxing workout – this class is for all abilities and no experience or equipment is necessary!  Everyone will participate at their own pace and level.  Classes will be led by Pierre Fallot, an experienced boxing instructor, who will teach you the skills to participate in this cardio based workout.  You will be challenged both mentally and physically during this fun and fast paced class.  Each class is 45 minutes and includes a warm-up, stretching, boxing and cardiovascular exercises.  Benefits of participation may include cardiovascular development, hand-eye coordination, memory, strengthening and conditioning, mobility, confidence and stress-relief. To register, please click the link below. 

Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM via Zoom
Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27
Veterans Adaptive Sports Clinics
Our spring Veteran Adaptive Sports Clinic series will be offering Mindful Resilience Yoga, Boccia, Archery and a Kayak Class!  Join us for one or all programs; no experience is necessary!  The Sports Association Veteran Event Series (SAVES) offers adaptive sports programs specifically for veterans who have experienced permanent physical disabilities, visual impairment or PTSD. Programs are designed for veterans of all ability levels and modifications will be offered to fit each individual’s capabilities and maximize independence. This program is funded in part by a grant from Move United and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Wednesday, Jan. 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

In person and Virtual via Zoom



Wednesday, Feb. 23

1:30 PM - 3:00PM

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford



Wednesday, March 23

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM OR 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford



Saturday, April 9

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gaylord Pool

*There are essential eligibility requirements to participation in this class, please contact us for details*

Archery Clinics
Our Indoor Adaptive Archery Clinics are a great opportunity to try archery or practice your technique. Come learn from a level 4 certified archery instructor and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.  All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided. 
Tuesday, January 4
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
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 indoor driving range and putting green. Beginners and returning participants are welcome and all equipment is provided. 
Tuesday, Jan. 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Boccia Open Play
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 6 players per session.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Program Registration 
Pre-registration is required for all programs.  Please contact us with questions or to register by emailing 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.  Face coverings continue to be required and 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 impairments and welcome new members to join us. For more information, please visit our webpage, call us at 203-284-2772 or email

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PO Box 400, Wallingford, CT, 06492