The Sandwich High School Adaptive Sports Program is an opportunity for Sandwich High School students to volunteer at the Spaulding Hospital Adaptive Sports Programs to benefit people with disabilities.
Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers “support individuals of all abilities in leading active, healthy lives through participation in adaptive sports and recreational activities. The programs are delivered under the supervision of Spaulding clinicians and adaptive sports professionals, and are open to children and adults. Staff members help each participant find the most appropriate activities to meet their capabilities and help them Find Their Strength.”
Mission Statements for the Sandwich High School Adaptive Sports Program:
- To enable and assist fellow students and adults in the community to enjoy an active lifestyle.
- To physically and emotionally support individuals of all abilities through participation in adaptive sports and other recreational activities.
- To help bring more student volunteers to the adaptive sports program where participants can form a bond with the high school students.
- To foster a relationship between SHS and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Volunteer opportunities for the Adaptive Sports Club throughout the year include adaptive golf, cycling, rock climbing, archery, skiing, sled hockey, kayaking, sailing, wheelchair basketball and several more. Different sports will run based on the season. Students must be 16 years old and registered through Spaulding Hospital to be able to volunteer at the adaptive sports events.
Alec and Evan Abramson initiated the Adaptive Sports Club in 2016 and with a rising Club, new members are always welcome. Please reach out to Alec or Evan for additional information about the club. Lisa Cahill, an Adaptive Physical Education teacher in the Sandwich school system, is the club adviser. Julie Birch, the volunteer coordinator at Spaulding, and Steve Katzenback, the Cape Cod Adaptive Sports Program director at Spaulding, are the Spaulding correspondents between the high school and adaptive sports events.
The Adaptive Sports Club ran the first annual Back to Swing golf tournament in the summer of 2017 to benefit Spaulding Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program. The tournament was a huge success, raising thousands of dollars for Spaulding and bringing awareness to the adaptive sports community. Please view the pictures below from the golf tournament, Adaptive Sports demonstrations, and club opportunities.