September 21, 2020
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, 

We are excited to announce the beginning of the reopening of sports programming provided by the Gaylord Sports Association!  As we transition back to sports, we will be adding activities based on precautions and the feasibility of running programs in accordance with Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and State of Connecticut guidelines.  In these unusual times, our number one priority is the health and safety of all participants, volunteers, and staff.  Thank you for your patience as we make this transition. 

Look below and see what the Sports Association has been doing these last few months.

Feel free to contact the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or visit our website at for more information. We hope to see you soon!

-The Sports Association

News and Updates
Paratriathlon Team
The 2020 Sports Association Paratriathlon Team moved to an almost virtual format this season based on COVID-19 regulations. We would like to thank USA Triathlon who awarded us a grant to support triathlon training during COVID-19. This allowed us to incorporate an individualized training approach for each athlete, led by coach Doug Levens.  The team usually trains from May - September for the annual Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon which was cancelled. This year, the team participated in Zoom calls from May-August which covered topics ranging from from specific event training, nutrition, and strength and conditioning.  The grant supported the addition of individualized online training plans, one on one coaching sessions and the purchase of new training equipment for the athletes. In addition, the team was able to participate in the Lake Terramuggus Open Water Swim Race in Marlborough, CT on August 23rd. Five Sports Association Triathlon Team athletes participated in the event, competing in distances ranging from 1/2 mile to 3-1/2 miles.  Our season is not quite over... see below for our next virtual event, which we are inviting anyone to join!
Forrest Stump Virtual Race
Join the Sports Association and the Paratriathlon team in the Forrest Stump #We Just Felt Like Running for disbility rights virtual race on Oct. 3, 2020!
This opportunity is a way to join the Sports Association team and help us support disability rights! For more information about this virtual race and to join the Gaylord Sports Association team, click here.  As you navigate the home page, choose Take Action and then Tickets.  As you register, there will be a place to choose the Gaylord Sports Association as your team. 

Join the Sports Association team today and help us support disability rights!
Hiking Without Boundaries
The Sports Association is excited to be a part of Connecticut's first Adaptive Hiking Program!  We are working with PT students from Qunnnipiac University on an initiative to start adaptive hiking in CT, starting with purchasing a Spartan Freedom Chair from GRIT.  This is a hand-propelled all terrain wheelchair that will allow a participant to go off road for hiking.  To learn more about the program and help support Connecticut's first Adaptive Hiking Program click here!  Let's help them reach their fundraising goal!
Gaylord Golf Classic
The ANNUAL GAYLORD GOLF CLASSIC was held June 15 at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford. The proceeds from this tournament help to support Gaylord Sports Association's adaptive sports programs.  The weather at the event was great and so was the golf! Even with social distancing protocols, the event went off without a hitch.  Our THANKS to all our sponsors and players! Even in these unusual times, the Golf Classic was a success!
THANK YOU Gaylord Gauntlet Sponsors!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the 2020 Gauntlet Sponsors and runners who continued to support our cause despite the cancellation of the event!  Thank you to: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation,  Image First, Bohan and Bradstreet, Kaman, e4h, Quinnipiac School of Health Sciences, BYK, WellSpark, Walmart, Marcum, TPC Systems, Suzio-York Hill, NUCOR, LOCKTON, NuMotion, Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group, and allnex.  We are grateful for your support during these difficult times!  We look forward to seeing you for the 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet! 
Virtual Yoga
Sports Association Yoga instructor, Tanya Sage, has provided a virtual seated Yoga video that you can enjoy in your home!  Thank you Tanya!  Click here to watch the recorded video and practice seated Yoga from the comfort and safety of your home!
 Move United Virtual Fitness Opportunities
As we continue to navigate the new reality of Coronavirus, Move United continues to offer virtual opportunities.  Click here to go to their website for all of the classes and events offerred.
About Our Program and Events

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 adults with physical disabilities and 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