May 22, 2020
Sports Association Newsletter
The Sports Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation.

Hello Friends of the Sports Association,

Sports Association programs continue to be on hold in accordance with the governor's mandates regarding social distancing and safety measures due to COVID-19.  However, as Connecticut begins the first phase of re-opening, we are excited to be working on a plan for returning to in-person adaptive sports programs when we are able to do so.  Our current goal is to determine how we can best serve our members while remaining in compliance with the new requirements and providing as safe an environment as possible. Our program structure and procedures may be different, but we are looking forward to getting back to sports and seeing all of YOU as soon as we can!  Adaptive sports are all about adaptation, and this is just another challenge we can overcome!  In the meantime, below are some new virtual opportunities you may be interested to attend including the Endeavor Games and the Abilities Expo.  We also have some big news in the world of adaptive sports to share with you - see the announcement below!  We will continue to keep in touch with you as we move forward with any new programs.  As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have at  Stay well and we hope to see you soon!  

All the Best,
Katie J, Debbie, Katie B & Chris.

News & Updates
Disabled Sports USA and Adaptive Sports USA merge under the new name -

Disabled Sports USA and Adaptive Sports USA are joining forces under the new name, Move United. The merger of Disabled Sports USA and Adaptive Sports USA unifies community-based adaptive sports under one national organization, bringing recreational and competitive adaptive sports together for the first time. The Gaylord Sports Association is a chapter member of Move United.  We are excited about this new merger which will support increased resources and opportunities in adaptive sports across the country.  To learn more, please visit:

Gaylord Gauntlet - New Date 8/15/20
The Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Obstacle Run has been moved to Saturday, August 15th due to the evolving situation around COVID-19.  If we are allowed to run on this date, multiple measures will be put into effect to make it a safe and fun event for all.  We are not currently accepting new registrations at this time.  This is a vital fundraiser for the Gaylord Sports Association and we would like to thank all the runners and sponsors for their continued support!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email For more information, please visit
Virtual Program Resources
Abilities Expo Event
The annual Abilities Expo has gone virtual... and it's FREE!  The event includes on demand workshops, tech and disability product information and adaptive activities such as the Rollettes adaptive dance show, adaptive yoga, paracheer and mini therapy horses!  To learn more, click the link below.
  Virtual Endeavor Games
The Endeavor Games is a competitive event that offers children, adults and military service members with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities. The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and Turnstone Center will host the 2020 Endeavor Games virtually June 4-7. Registration is now live at no cost to the athlete. The 2020 Endeavor Games will feature nine individual sport challenges, a team challenge, e-sports gaming, a live virtual welcome party, a track and field coaches clinic, and twelve different live virtual sport clinics, facilitated by top coaches and staff from each sport’s National Governing Body!
  Move United Virtual Program Page
Move United and their network of chapters are helping people to #adaptathome!  They have created a webpage that includes listings of various opportunities such as on demand workouts and live programs offered from adaptive sports programs across the nation.  Check it out!
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is employing protective measures to ensure the well-being of our patients, staff and visitors. For updates on Gaylord's response to Coronavirus as well as links to state and national resources, please visit: 


The State of Connecticut has set up an information line for people with questions about COVID-19 symptoms, travel recommendations, what to do if you are sick with COVID-19, and more. Simply call 2-1-1 on any phone, and follow the automated phone prompt. You can also visit for the same information.
About Our Program and Events
The Gaylord Sports Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation. The Sports Association is a program of Gaylord Hospital and is based out of Wallingford, CT. We are a chapter member of Move United.  We serve individuals ages 16 and up with a physical disability or visual impairment.

For more information, please visit our website at To contact us, please call 203-284-2772 or email
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