For over 20 years, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s SportsAbility program has been providing competitive and recreational sporting opportunities for persons with disabilities. SportsAbility organized one of Detroit’s first wheelchair basketball teams, the Detroit Diehards, and has been a long-time sponsor and participant in both the Michigan and Windsor, (Canada) Wheelchair Games.
SportsAbility works with other community organizations, including the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, the Adaptive Sports Coalition (comprised of many Metro Detroit organizations) and the City of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation Department to provide on-going programs and instructional sports clinics.
SportsAbility members have an opportunity to participate in a number of activities including:
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Fitness Training
- Adaptive Bowling
- Handcycling Clinics
- Adaptive Water Sports
- Ski Clinics
- Tennis Clinics
- Weightlifting Clinics
RIM’s Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists (CTRS) assist with the formation of teams, clinics, training, and equipment adaptations.
SportsAbility is open to adolescents and adults throughout Metro Detroit with disabling or chronic conditions including spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
SportsAbility is supported through grants, donations, and funding raising activities such as RIM’s annual “Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game,” sponsored by the Detroit Pistons, Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Shock.
For more information about the SportsAbility program, please contact:
Sue Boeve, Sr. CTRS