Oct 23, 2023
Sports Association Newsletter
Dear Friends of the Sports Association,

Welcome to Fall! We are announcing our Fall schedule in this issue which includes the return of seated yoga classes, virtual boxing and boccia open play sessions. Our monthly archery and golf clinics will continue indoors in our recreation hall. Our indoor kayak classes are starting in November which are a great opportunity to learn or return to kayaking. And if you are interested in skiing or snowboarding with us this winter, join us for our Discovery Night which will go over all the details on this program. We also have a special mountain bike kick-off with the town of Oxford this coming weekend! For a quick reference to all our current programs, click on the link below to download the calendar. The calendar is is also available from our website at www.gaylord.org/sports. For any questions or to register, give us a call at 203-284-2772. We hope to see you soon! 


Yours in Sport,
The Gaylord Sports Association
Special Events
Adaptive Mountain Bike Trails Project KICK-OFF
Join us in supporting the Town of Oxford’s development of an adaptive mountain bike trail system at the Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary, a town-owned park that has over 12 miles
of multi-use trails. The event will begin with a presentation on the plans to expand their trail network to include several adaptive mountain bike trails. Following this, there will be
an opportunity to learn about adaptive mountain bikes and test ride an adaptive mountain bike. Adaptive Bikes will be provided by Bike-on, a Rhode Island based company who specializes in adaptive cycles. Test rides will be held on a short gravel path and open field. Assist riders will be available through Housatonic Valley New England Mountain Bike Chapter (NEMBA). This event is open to anyone who would like to learn more about this project. To register, click HERE
Ski & Snowboard Discovery Night
The Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Discovery Night is a great opportunity to learn about adaptive skiing and snowboarding and how to get involved. The event includes a presentation on adaptive skiing and snowboarding, adaptive equipment demonstration and information on the Sports Association’s Ski & Snowboard Program. We will be joined by Karen Cook from Summit Adaptive at Ski Sundown, who we partner with for this program. If you have participated in our ski and snowboard program in the past, an email will be going out with all the information and dates for this year's program following the Discovery Night.
Date & Time:
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Upcoming Programs
Kayak Clinic

Adaptive Kayak Classes provides the opportunity to learn or re-learn kayaking in the comfort of our indoor therapy pool. 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. Please contact the Sports Association for details*.

Dates & Times:

Friday, Nov 17, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Flagg Pool

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Wallingford, CT


Call or email us for registration materials
Archery Clinics
Our Adaptive Archery Clinics are a great opportunity to try archery or practice your technique. Come learn from USA Archery certified coaches and experienced archers.  All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.  
Dates & Times:
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023
2:00PM - 3:00PM or
3:00PM - 4:00PM 
Gaylord Speciality 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 driving and putting.  Beginners and returning participants are welcome and all equipment is provided.
Dates & Times:
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT 
 Boccia Open Play Sessions
Join us for some Boccia!  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! 
Dates & Times: 
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT 
 Virtual Adaptive Boxing Classes
Virtual Boxing is back! Virtual Adaptive Boxing is being held on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Join us for this fun cardio workout from the comfort of your home! Everyone can participate at their own pace, seated or standing and no equipment is necessary. The 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. Benefits of participation include cardiovascular development, hand-eye coordination, memory, strengthening and conditioning, mobility, confidence and stress-relief. Classes will be held virtually on Zoom. This program is offered at no cost; pre-registration is required. Try one class or attend the whole series! To register, complete the online form below. Please contact us with any questions at 203-284-2772 or email sports@gaylord.org. 
Dates & Times:
Oct. 19 - Nov. 30, 2023
(no class Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023)
3:00- 4:00 PM    
Location:  ZOOM 
Seated Yoga Classes

Seated Yoga Classes are back! Join the Gaylord Sports Association and instructor Rebecca Smith for one or all three classes. Mindful Resilience Yoga incorporates gentle yoga postures, movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation to help you focus clearly, move mindfully and practice gratitude. These practices are adapted and delivered to maximize their ability to undo the nervous system dysfunctions that underlie symptoms of stress-related conditions. This class is designed for all ability levels and will be taught primarily in the seated position with modifications to fit each individual’s capabilities. Classes will be held in person at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford and virtually via Zoom. Cost is FREE. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact us at 203-284-2772 or sports@gaylord.org. 



Dates & Times:
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Wheelchair Rugby and Sled Hockey
Games and practices for the 2023-24 season have begun for the Gaylord Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team and the Gaylord Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team.  Contact us if you are interested in more information about these exciting, fast paced sports. 
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.  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.

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

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