June 15, 2005
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CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH
VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS SET FOR JUNE 22-25 AT SRU; HORSEBACK RIDING NEW
EVENT SHOWCASES UNIVERSITY’S REPUTATION FOR HELPING THOSE
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– Horseback riding will be the new event when up to 40 blind
or visually impaired children from western Pennsylvania and Ohio
come to Slippery Rock University June 22-25 for Camp SportsVision.
They will participate in 10 sports.
gives school children ages six to 18 the opportunity to participate
in taekwondo, gymnastics, track and field, dance, rock climbing,
swimming, tandem bicycling, a special called
“goalball,” which uses a special ball with a bell
rolled toward a goal, as well as beep baseball.
The event is held by SportsVision, a Pittsburgh
non-profit organization, SRU and the university’s Adapted
Physical Activity Program. Twenty SRU students, most of them
minoring in adapted physical activity, will run the
Participation promotes healthy lifestyles,
increases self-esteem and expands awareness of regional
recreational opportunities, says Wendy Fagan, SRU’s
instructor of exercise science and camp director.
“Students will have the opportunity to
participate in sports specifically designed for individuals who are
blind as well as learn sports they may be exposed to at school and
in the community,” she said. “ It opens the door to a
lifetime of physical activity.”
place in SRU’s Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center,
Morrow Field House, East and West gyms, Thompson Track, and the
intramural fields off Harmony Road. Six horses and ponies will be
saddled up for 10-minute rides. Blind riders will follow a tethered
lead horse and sighted rider.
The final event is a
1 p.m. June 25 awards ceremony near the Russell Wright Alumni
House. Like the sporting events, it is free and open to the
Fagan said the camp is a
natural for SRU, which offers a number of programs for athletes
with disabilities. SRU hosted the National Women’s Wheelchair
Association Tournaments in 2004 and 2005. The adapted physical
activity minor includes equine facilitated therapy and numerous
activity programs for individuals of all ages with varying