Hundreds Participate in Sportsability

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida--

People of all ages got moving Friday on TCC's campus.

Smiling faces and laughter galore , it was a great day for the hundreds of people who were out at Tallahassee Community College's Lifetime Sports Complex for the annual Sportsability clinic.

Sportsability was started 21 years ago as a way to turn a negative into a positive.

Founder of Sportsability David Jones said, "Show 'em a little taste of success, let them know that they can, and when they realize that they can, or when they see people with less abilities accomplishing major goals or having fun enjoying themselves, they're inspired and motivated to do it on their own."

There's something for everyone- whether it's dancing , volleyball, bowling, or basketball.

"This is one day to learn - get motivated and fired up- meet some new friends, and then get active the rest of the year," said Jones.

One athlete, sidelined by a gunshot wound, said playing sports again makes him feel whole.

"It opened up my eyes to what I can do. Like as far as, I play tennis now- I had never played tennis a day in my life. I have so much fun rolling around in my chair playing tennis," said Elliot Knight.

Playing Sports also puts kids on an equal playing field, and gives them confidence. Something that mothers of disabled children relish in.

Frances Perez said, "The future is better and we have hope. When they play and they can do stuff that other kids can do."

For those who participated on Friday, they said it was a hole-in-one.

On Saturday, Sportsability will hold an outdoors day, and on Sunday a soccer clinic and baseball game.

For more information on Sportsability click on the link below

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 16, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    I took my students who have varying disabilities and it was a wonderful day for them! Thanks so much for this event!!!! It was fabulous!!
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