MAPLE SHADE, N.J. — The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation’s First Clinics arrived in New Jersey this past weekend with the First Climb and First Volley events.
Held in conjunction with Shriners Hospital for Children, the First Clinics offered adaptive sports lessons and drills for children with mobility challenges.
Tommy Lyon, amputee rock climber, helps Lily Linzey during the First Climb event hosted by the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation in Maple Shade, N.J.
Source: Carter S. O&P News.
First Climb, held at the Elite Climbing studio in Maple Shade, N.J., was led by internationally recognized amputee rock climber, Tommy Lyon. First Volley was held in Cherry Hill, N.J. and led by experienced staff at the Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club, according to a press release.
With funding in part by USTA Middle States, admission was free for children and families.
“It is the events like this really bring us together,” Lyon told O&P News. “Disability or not, the clinics allow children to get out, get moving and conquer whatever challenge they may be facing.”
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) will host adaptive golf and wheelchair tennis clinics later this year in North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado. OPAF is also working to add two new clinics in the near future. – by Shawn M. Carter