2nd Annual Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival Saturday, Nov. 9

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena, in partnership with Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, is hosting the 2nd annual Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Brookside Park. The festival will feature more than 10 adaptive recreational sporting events that are open to the general public and free to participate.

The adaptive sports include hand cycling, wheelchair rugby, pickle ball, beep baseball, tennis, boccia, basketball, and archery. Additionally, the festival will feature a creative art section and resource fair.

The purpose of this free Adaptive Sports Festival is to introduce the community to adaptive sports, provide learning opportunities to the general public, and showcase members of the community with disabilities in a way the general public does not often see. The festival brings everyone of all abilities together to take part in a day of fun activities and games.

"The City of Pasadena is excited to partner with Triumph Foundation, which has been serving the disabled community of Southern California for over a decade,” said Ali Everett, Accessibility Issues Coordinator for the City of Pasadena. “This is the second of what we hope will be many Pasadena-based events promoting accessible and inclusive sports and fitness opportunities."

“Last year’s event attracted close to a thousand participants and really made an impact on everyone who attended. We are so thankful for our partnership with the City of Pasadena,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner, who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “Events like this give people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhance their quality of life through the benefit of exercise, sports and fitness.”

"The City of Pasadena is a passionate supporter of the ADA, and the Arroyo Seco is a perfect venue for the Adaptive Sports Festival. The community loves it," said Cy Estabrook, a member of the Pasadena Disability and Accessibility Commission. Estabrook, a local Pasadena math teacher, sustained a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall accident that left him paralyzed in 2016.

"After my injury three years ago, I thought I would never be an athlete again," said Estabrook. "But through Triumph Foundation’s adaptive recreation program I have continued my passion for tennis, baseball, cycling, and even learned to play rugby! I love having a Triumph athletic event in my hometown of Pasadena."

Join friends and neighbors at Brookside Park on Nov. 9 to see how people with disabilities continue to stay active and live fulfilling lives. If you'd like to participate in any of the adaptive recreational sporting events, register now at www.Triumph-Foundation.org/ASF.

For more information, email info@Triumph-Foundation.org.

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2019 Adaptive Sports Festival flier