The Adaptive Sports Club (ASC) is a collaboration between two student organizations, the Student Therapeutic Recreation Organization and the Student Occupational Therapy Association. The ASC board is made up of students from both programs, and students from other allied health fields are encouraged to join. Our program's mission is to promote social well-being, healthy lifestyles, and psychosocial benefits through physical activity and sports for individuals with physical disabilities. Programs are offered to individuals with a primary diagnosis of a physical disability within EMU and the surrounding communities. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged and welcome to volunteer and join!
We have been working on raising funds to purchase sport wheelchairs for the club, and the money raised would help us reach our goal. With our own equipment, we can schedule activities when it works for our community, not based on when equipment is available. Currently, the club is only playing sports that do not require sport wheelchairs. This purchase will also broaden the ability to play more sports. Additionally, it will also expand the curriculum for Therapeutic Recreation students (and others) at Eastern studying to work with individuals with various disabilities providing hands-on experience with adapted sports.
A sport wheelchair is different than someone's "everyday" chair. The wheels are slightly angled, and the seat is lowered, so the athlete's center of gravity is lower. A sport wheelchair is a piece of equipment just like a helmet, cleats, or tennis racket.