NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut (July 27, 2015)
– On Aug. 3, 2015, campers, coaches and instructors from Connecticut and beyond will come together at Hospital for Special Care’s (HSC) Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp, a weeklong, free day camp for youth ages six to 19 living with physical disabilities. Now in its 25th year, the camp will return to the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford and run through Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.
“HSC’s camp is the only one of its kind in New England and one of the most popular and well-attended events in our Adaptive Sports Program,” said Janet Connolly, sports and community programs manager, Hospital for Special Care. “Last year, we had 37 children sign up for camp, and we are excited to see that this year’s campers will once again be coming from other states beyond Connecticut such as Massachusetts and New York.”
Coaching and instruction in sports such as tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer and track & field is provided by experienced program specialists, mentors, volunteers and adult athletes living with physical disabilities. Many of the coaches have been recognized at the national and international level for their accomplishments, and many of the mentors and volunteers attended camp when they were younger.
“Several community fundraisers and generous donors have contributed to the overall success of HSC’s Adaptive Sports Program, which allows children and teens living with physical disabilities the opportunity to build self-esteem, life-long friendships and the pursuit of athletic achievement,” Connolly said.
For example, the 20th Annual Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Golf Classic held May 11, 2015, raised $141,000 for adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation programs of Hospital for Special Care and its affiliates. A full field of 144 golfers participated in the tournament.
Janeace Slifka, the mother of a child living with a physical disability, developed and coordinated the first Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp in 1991, with the help and support of tennis legend and Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl. As a former World No. 1 professional tennis player, Lendl is the winner of eight majors and 94 singles titles overall on tour and is expected to be at camp Friday, Aug.7th.
For more information on HSC’s Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp, please call 860.832.6220, or visit www.hfsc.org
About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org
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