May 13, 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, 

Spring has arrived and we are excited to begin our outdoor programs!  We are planning for our annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K obstacle race on June 26th and need volunteers!  Join us and be a part of this amazing event!


Are you interested in swimming, cycling, and running?  Apply for our Paratriathlon Training program!


We continue to offer small in-person programs in archery and golf.  We are adding an indoor kayak class in May and a Veterans only Kayak class in June. We are following policies and procedures to keep participants as safe as possible. 


If you are ready for in-person programs, we encourage you to join us.  If not, consider trying the Spring Virtual Fitness Series which are all offered virtually through the end of May.  

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


All the best,

The Sports Association

Special Events
Gaylord Gauntlet - Saturday, June 26, 2021
We are very excited to welcome everyone back for the 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet!  The race is FULL, but we are still in need of volunteers.  Volunteer assignments include helping at obstacles, finish line area, and more!  Volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt, box lunch, and a drink ticket. Our first priority is providing a safe experience for all racers and volunteers.  We have decreased each wave by 50% and strict COVID policies will be in effect. Racers will still challenge themselves to conquer over 20 obstacles through the 5K course.  All the proceeds from the event directly benefit the Gaylord Sports Association. We hope to see you on June 26th!
Sports Association Ambassadors
Fundraising Campaign

The Sports Association Ambassadors Fundraising Campaign is underway! Join this group of volunteer ambassadors by making a donation, of any amount, and support the Gaylord 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. This campaign is running in conjunction with our premier fundraising event, the Gaylord Golf Classic. This mini fundraising campaign will run from May 1-14, 2021, but donations can be made at any time. Thank you to all our volunteer ambassadors who are advocating and working to support the Gaylord Sports Association!

Paratriathlon Team Applications

We are gearing up for the 2021 Paratriathlon season which is scheduled to begin at the end of the month!  The application process is now open!  This program is a great opportunity for adaptive athletes to compete in the sport of triathlon.  Athletes can choose to compete in all three legs of the race (swim, bike, run) or as part of a relay team.  The program culminates with the Madison Triathlon in September 11, 2021.  Interested athletes must apply and be selected to participate in the program.  This program has a fee that is paid upon acceptance into the program.  Please contact us for more information or use the link below to apply.

Upcoming Programs
Veterans Adaptive Sports Series
Veterans Kayak Class: Saturday, June 12, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Virtual Fitness Spring Series
It is not too late to register for the remaining classes in the Gaylord Sports Association Virtual Spring Fitness Series! This virtual class series will work on your fitness, strength, flexibility and endurance! We are offering a new class this series called Full Body Fit, along with Strength and Conditioning, Yoga, Mobility and Chair One Fitness. Classes are designed for all ability levels and are offered in the seated position with various modifications available to fit each individual’s capabilities. No experience is needed, just bring your chair and be ready to get moving!  Recommended equipment: chair, resistance bands, and hand weights.  Classes are held on Thursday evenings April 1st through May 27th on Zoom. Register for the series or pick and choose which classes you would like to attend.
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, June 1, 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, May 18, 2021
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
South Lawn
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Kayak Class
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, May 22, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare 
Flagg Pool

Registration Information
  • 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 are required at all programs. 
  • Cost is FREE unless otherwise noted.
  • Pre-registration is required for all programs.  
  • Clinics will have a maximum number of participants per session.
  • For clinics with multiple sessions on the same day, we fill session #1 first, followed by session #2
  • To register or for questions: Contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or
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