March 18, 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,
Spring is around the corner and the Sports Association is gearing up for spring and summer programs! We are excited to announce that registration is open for our spring Veterans Fishing Tournament on Candlewood Lake on May 17!  And if you are interested in Paratriathlon, join the Discovery Night on April 21 to learn about our Paratriathlon Training Program.  Check out all our spring programs in our spring calendar posted on our website Click on the calendar link for a download of the calendar.
Registration is open for the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Obstacle Mud Run on June 25! Funds raised for this event directly benefit the Gaylord Sports Association programs. Support us by registering as a runner or volunteer! New this year, we are offering an adaptive athlete sponsorship for out of state athletes!  More information in the newsletter below! 
We continue to offer our in-person clinics in archery, golf and boccia as well as our  veterans clinics. Our vitual adaptive boxing and fitness programs continue on a weekly basis and we accept registration at any time for these programs, so join us from the comfort of your home!
We hope to see you soon!
All the best,
The Gaylord Sports Association
News & Updates 
Gaylord Gauntlet - Saturday, June 25
New this year - Adaptive Athlete Sponsorships available for out of state athletes!
Do you know an adaptive athlete who lives out of state and wants to challenge themselves at the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run? Gaylord is offering adaptive athlete sponsorships for out of state athletes to cover race fees, lodging and meals for the adaptive athlete and up to 4 support team members. Here is an opportunity to put determination and athleticism to the test! More than 1,000 athletes will 'run the gauntlet' conquering 23 man-made and natural obstacles. To learn more or to apply, click HERE. For additional information about being an adaptive athlete at the Gauntlet or registering for the race, visit
Amelia Park Sled Hockey Tournament
Come support the Gaylord Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team as they conclude their season at the Amelia Park New England Sled Hockey Invitational Tournament April 1-3 in Westfield, MA. The tournament brings together teams from Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Springfield, Vermont and New Hampshire! We are excited to welcome several guest players from the USA Women's National Sled Hockey Team to join our team for the tournament! Come cheer on the players and see some exciting action! 
Friday 4/1/22
Gaylord Wolfpack vs. Philadelphia Hammerheads at 12:00 noon
Gaylord Wolfpack vs. NEP Wildcats at 10:00 PM
Saturday 4/2/22
Gaylord Wolfpack vs. Buffalo Sabres at 10:30 AM
Sunday 4/3/22
Playoffs at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Special Events
Seated Therapeutic Yoga for Resilience and Vitality

Brought to you by RxRelax and the National Paralysis Resource Center of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this event will describe and demonstrate how you can use yoga movements, breath-practices and mindfulness techniques to build overall physical, emotional and cognitive resilience in changing and challenging times. This protocol is evidence-based to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD.  This event is free and open to all.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
12:00PM -1:00PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Or Virtually via Zoom
Preregistration is required
Veterans Fishing Tournament

The Veterans Fishing Tournament is an open water bass fishing tournament on Candlewood Lake for veterans or service members with a permanent physical disability, visual impairment or PTSD. Each veteran will be paired with an experienced boat captain for a day on the water. The tournament includes all fishing equipment, tournament weigh-in, and an awards luncheon. This event is run in partnership with the Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program and Connecticut Bass Nation with support from Move United and the VA Adaptive Sports Grant. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
7:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Candlewood Town Park
47 Hayestown Rd
Danbury, CT
Registration Deadline:
Friday, April 15, 2022
Preregistration is required
Paratriathlon Discovery Night
Join the Sports Association and Triathlon Coach, Doug Levens, as they discuss the upcoming triathlon season.  Learn about the Paratriathlon team, upcoming training sessions, how to apply to be part of the program, and about the Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon which is the culmination of the Paratriathon training program.
Thurdsay, April 21, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT or via Zoom
Upcoming Programs
Virtual Adaptive Boxing 
Join us on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM through April 27 for this fun and fast paced cardio workout. Everyone can participate at their own pace, seated or standing and no equipment is necessary. This 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. To register, complete both online forms below. 
Wednesdays. March 2, 2022 - April 27
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Veterans Adaptive Sports Clinics 
Join the Sports Association once a month for Veterans Only clinics in Boccia, Archery,  Kayak, and Seated Yoga. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford



Saturday, April 9, 2022


Gaylord Pool



Wednesday, April 20, 2022


Held in person at Gaylord or virtual via Zoom


Winter Virtual Adaptive Fitness Series 
We only have two more classes available for our Winter Virtual Fitness Series - Mobility and Chair One Fitness!  We are still accepting registrations for this program, just click the link below to register! 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. 
Remaining Classes 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, March 24:  Mobility

Thursday, March 31: Chair One Fitness

Virtual via Zoom

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 kayaking.  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, May 21, 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. April 5, 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, April 12, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Wallingford, CT
Boccia Open Play
Our Boccia players have been having a blast with this game of skill and strategy. The last session of the season will be held April 19th. It's not too late to join us!  It's easy to learn and the game can be adapted to athletes of all abilities!  Boccia is a throwing sport with the object of placing balls closest to the target ball by throwing or rolling the ball using a ramp.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM OR
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 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. Surgical style face masks are required. 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

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