June 24, 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, 

Summer has arrived and we are excited to be outside for our programs!  Our Gaylord Golf Classic Fundraiser on June 14th was a big success and this Saturday, June 26th is the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run!  


We have a lot of great programs running right now including golf, archery and cycling!  And we have a NEW opportunity - Pickleball!  Join us on 6/29 to try this fun and easy paddle sport out on our tennis courts at Gaylord.  Our Paratriathlon Team has started practices and our Golf Club went out on their first outing this week!    


We continue to follow policies and procedures to keep participants as safe as possible. If you are ready for in-person programs, we encourage you to join us!   

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


All the best,

The Sports Association

News & Updates 
New Sports Association Video
The Sports Association is excited to announce our new Sports Reel video featuring all the different sports that we offer throughout the year!  Check it out by clicking on the link below.  
Gaylord Golf Classic
We had another successful year at our annual Gaylord Golf Classic on June 14th at the Farms Country Club!  It started off a little rainy, but that didn't dampen our day!  We had an air cannon this year, plus lots of vendors out on the course making for a fun day for all the golfers!  A BIG thank you to all our sponsors, donors, golfers and the Gaylord Golf Classic Committee for supporing our cause and helping us to raise approximately $80K for the Gaylord Sports Association!  
We also had a very special foursome at the event - Recent Gaylord graduates and COVID survivors!  Check out their story featured on Fox 61!
Sports Association Ambassadors
Fundraising Campaign

The Sports Association Ambassadors Fundraising Campaign was a success, raising over 4,500 dollars!  Thank you to the dedicated group of volunteer ambassadors who reached out to family and friends to raise money for the Sports Association!  The Sports Association is fully funded through individual donors, grants and fundraisers, and every donation helps to support our mission in providing adaptive sports and recreation to individuals with a physical disability. The campaign ran in conjunction with our premier fundraising event, the Gaylord Golf Classic.  Although this Campaign is over, donations can still be made at any time. Thank you to all our volunteer ambassadors who continue to advocate and work to support the Gaylord Sports Association!

Special Events
Gaylord Gauntlet - Saturday, June 26, 2021
The Gaylord Gauntlet is this Saturday, June 26th!  We have 500 runners registered, 120+ volunteers and we are ready for an amazing day!  We are also excited for the 11 adaptive athletes who are taking on the challenge of the course, including the Sports Association featured athlete - Greg Whitehouse!  Good luck everyone!  To learn more about Greg, check out these recent articles about his story!  Nyberg Show on WTNH and the Meriden Record Journal.  
Adaptive Pickleball Clinic
Tuesday, June 29, 2021  6 PM – 8 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Tennis Courts  
Join the Sports Association for an introductory clinic to this easy and fun paddle sport! Pickleball is adaptable to all ability levels, including standing or wheelchair players.  The clinic will provide equipment, instruction, skills practice and game play.  Sport wheelchairs may be reserved if needed.  Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Gaylord Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or email sports@gaylord.org.
Upcoming Programs
Archery Clinics
Learn the basics of archery and practice proper archery form at our outdoor range with instruction from USA Archery certified coaches. A bow will be reserved for each participant upon registration. 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
South Lawn
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Golf Clinics
Join us for some golf practice and get ready for summer.  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, July 27, 2021
South Lawn
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Cycle Rides
Join us for a ride this summer!  Our cycle rides are on a closed trail, free from traffic. Cycle rides are designed to be enjoyable for riders of all abilities, so each ride may break into several groups based on ability, speed & distance desired. Riders who need to borrow an adaptive cycle must contact the Sports Association to schedule a cycle fit to determine which cycle would work best for them.
All rides are held from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (except the Sept. 30th ride which is 4:00PM-6:00PM)  All cyclists and volunteers must register for each ride by calling the Sports Association at 203-284-2772. 
Cycle Rides:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, July 1, 2021            
Thursday, July 22, 2021          
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021          
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021         
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021           
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021  (*4:00-6:00 PM)     
Cheshire Linear Trail
450 Jarvis St
Cheshire, CT 
Golf Club
The Gaylord Sports Association Adaptive Golf Club is back!  The club meets on a weekly basis from June through August and is for golfers with a physical disability or visual impairment.  To be eligible, participants must be able to golf independently or with modifications. This season, the club will visit Sleeping Giant Golf Course, Orange Hills Golf Course, Laurel View Country Club, and The Farms Country Club.  Each outing consists of a 9 hole round of golf.  This group works with 3 dedicated coaches to improve their game and have a bunch of fun! For more  information joining the club, please contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772.   See you on the course!
Program Registration Information
  • Pre-registration is required for all programs.  Please contact us to register by emailing sports@gaylord.org or 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 at most programs.  
  • Cost is FREE unless otherwise noted.
  • Clinics will have a maximum number of participants per session.
  • Some programs have essential eligibility requirements for safety.
Thank you to our program sponsors!
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