United Spinal's 9th Annual Kids Sports Spectacular: Free Recreation Clinic for Youth with Disabilities

Aug 06, 2013, 09:15 ET from United Spinal Association

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NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal presents the 2013 Kids Sports Spectacular for children and young adults with disabilities (ages of 4 - 21) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, to be held on Saturday, August 17th from 9 AM to 3 PM.

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The Kids Sports Spectacular is a free, one-day, indoor event that features instruction and educational clinics on wheelchair basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, track & field, hand cycling and karate. 

Participants will receive instruction from professional wheelchair athletes, including U.S. Paralympian Margaret "Maggie" Redden who has competed in the Junior National Wheelchair Championships in track & field since she was five years old. Redden also won a silver medal at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is currently the community outreach coordinator for Paralympic Sport Clubs NJ.

"I have been an athlete from a very young age and sports have had a monumental impact on my life," said Redden.

"Sports teach so much more than how to excel on the competition field. They teach time management, goal setting, sportsmanship, and perseverance. They provide a safe environment to grow and expand your horizons, no matter your ability level. As a Beijing paralympian, I can attest that all of that is true and I want others to experience the same," she added.

There will be giveaways and free prizes for all attendees courtesy of Comcast Spectacor Foundation/Flyers Wives and Sports Authority.

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Exhibitors will include:

  • NSCIA, a program of United Spinal Association
  • MossRehab, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Bayada Home Health Care
  • Permobil
  • Archer & Greiner, P.C.
  • Campbell's Soup
  • TOPSoccer of Marlton, NJ
  • NJ Paralympic Sports Club
  • Karate of South Jersey

The Kids Sports Spectacular is hosted by United Spinal Association and Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm that is providing the use of the Wells Fargo Center for the event.

To register, visit http://www.unitedspinal.org/kss or call toll free (800) 404-2898 ext. 7203.

About United Spinal Association

United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

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