Opening doors to sport for those with disabilities

UCAN (Upstate Community Ability Network) was established in 1999 as a Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital program and has been providing adaptive sporting opportunities ever since. The goal of UCAN is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreational opportunities and to get out and live life again after injury or illness has occurred. Our events are focused on wellness for the whole person.

UCAN offers numerous adaptive sports events throughout the year. These adaptive sporting events are aimed at providing first time experiences to participants of all ages as well as the opportunity to improve at the sport. Sports include golf, water skiing, alpine skiing, cycling, sled hockey, curling, tennis, fencing, sailing, yoga and basketball. Events are organized and facilitated by recreational therapists as well as other hospital staff and community volunteers. Events are open to anyone with a disability, however registration is required. To see how you can participate in UCAN events click here. Events can also be found on our Facebook page.

UCAN also works on advocacy for those with disabilities. Involvement with local and state organizations that address many disability-related issues are part of our ongoing commitment to the community. Children and adults with a variety of disabilities, including (but not limited to) spinal cord injury, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, stroke and amputation can take part in events. The costs are covered through fundraising efforts and donations from individuals and local businesses.

UCAN is 100 percent philanthropy funded and offers free or discounted rates for participants. The annual Triumph on the Greens golf tournament is one event that helps raise funds for the year-round UCAN program. If you are interested in more information about Triumph on the Greens, click here.

For questions, please contact Danielle Fitzmorris at Danielle.Fitzmorris@PrismaHealth.org or  864-455-7711.

Danielle Fitzmorris is the supervisor of recreational therapy with Prisma Health’s Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital.

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