January 20, 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,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Winter has finally arrived and our skiers and snowboarders are loving the snow!  If you are interested in joining us for a lesson at Ski Sundown, please let us know!  We have 5 more outings scheduled for the season.  
Our newest program, Adaptive Boxing, is a big HIT!  We still have a couple classes left, but don't wait too long to register, the last class will be Jan 27th. In February, our popular virtual fitness series will be returning and registration for the series is now open! 
We also have our in-person clinics in archery, golf and boccia as well as our upcoming veteran's clinics. These programs continue to be offered in multiple sessions with a maximum number of people in each session to help keep everyone as safe as possible.  
There are lots of ways to stay active this winter, both outside and from the comfort of your home!  We hope to see you soon!
All the Best,
The Gaylord Sports Association
News & Updates 
New Wheelchair Rugby Coach!
We are excited to announce that Dominic Colavito is joining us as the new Head Coach of the Gaylord Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team!  Dom has loads of coaching experience and is excited to learn the game of Wheelchair Rugby!  Welcome, Coach Dom!  We also have a new practice site at Wallingford Parks & Recreation! If you are interested in joining the team, please let us know!
Upcoming Programs
Ski and Snowboard Program
Our first trip of the season was perfect timing, right after the snow!  We still have 5 outings left for the season on either a Saturday or Monday Night. Trips are located at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT, with lessons provided by STRIDE Adaptive Sports. Check out our new ski webpage at www.gaylord.org/skiclub with all of the information on this program!  

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 1:00 PM

Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, 5:30 PM
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 1:00 PM
Monday, February 28, 2022, 5:30 PM

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1:00 PM


All outings are located at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT


Cost is $50.00 per trip.


For more information, please visit: www.gaylord.org/skiclub. For questions and to register, please contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or sports@gaylord.org.  Registration requires completion of paperwork, payment and a new doctor's note.

Virtual Adaptive Boxing
Don't miss this opportunity to try Adaptive Boxing!  There are still two classes left for this  fun and fast paced activity!  This is not your ordinary boxing workout – this class is for all abilities and no experience or equipment is necessary!  This class can be done in a seated or standing position. 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.
Thursday, January 20, 2022 & Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM via ZOOM 
Veterans Adaptive Sports Clinics 
Join the Sports Association once a month for Veterans Only clinics in Yoga, Boccia, Archery, and Kayak. 


Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022


Held virtually at Gaylord or virtual via Zoom



Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford



Wednesday, March 23, 2022

1:30PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-3:30PM

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford



Saturday, April 9, 2022


Gaylord Pool

Winter Virtual Adaptive Fitness Series 
Join us for  the Gaylord Sports Association Winter Virtual Fitness Series! This FREE 9-session virtual class series will work on your fitness, strength, flexibility and endurance! Classes include Full Body Fit,  Strength and Conditioning, Yoga, Mobility and Chair One Fitness. Classes are designed for all ability levels and are taught in the seated position with various modifications available to fit each individual’s capabilities. No experience is needed. Recommended equipment: chair, resistance bands, and hand weights.  Resistance bands will be provided for new participants.  Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM February 3 through March 31 on Zoom.
You may attend all classes or pick and choose! 
Class Schedule:
Feb. 3: Full Body Fit

Feb. 10: Mindful Resilience Yoga

Feb. 17: Strength & Conditioning

Feb. 24: Mobility

March 3: Full Body Fit

March 10: Mindful Reslience Yoga

March 17: Strength & Conditioning

March 24:  Mobility

March 31: Chair One Fitness


For more information, visit the event page online.
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 to kayak.  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, March 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flagg Pool
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Archery Clinics
Learn the basics of archery and practice proper form at our indoor range with instruction from USA Archery certified coaches. 
Tuesday. February 1, 2022
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, February 8, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 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! 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 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 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. Face coverings are required and surgical style face masks are preferred. 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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