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On Saturday, September 28th, the Global Sport Institute hosted "Sport for Every Body" in collaboration with our community partner Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. This event was in conjunction with the launch of the Global Sport Institute’s new theme, Sport and The Body. The purpose of this event was to defy typical perceptions of what an “athletic body” looks like, and to share with the community a fun and inclusive opportunity for all body types to participate in sport.
To start off the event we held a conversation with our Athlete Ambassadors who represented how diverse body types can partake in sport. Ambassadors were able to share their thoughts on what participating in sport means to them, and how they each use their body for sport. The discussion was moderated by our Director of Research, Dr. Scott Brooks. Athlete Ambassadors included:
Frank Sole, Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
Claire McLaughlin, Girls on the Run
Devoney Looser, ASU English Professor and Roller Derby athlete
Victor Ocando, Devils Adapt
After the ambassador portion of our event concluded, attendees opted in to an inclusive Zumba® class. Throughout the rest of the event a multitude of inclusive fitness classes and adaptive activities were provided.
Inclusive Zumba® was definitely a hit and by the end, everyone was breaking a sweat.
One of the many activities available was wheelchair basketball. Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center provides a space for adaptive programs to exist and hosts wheelchair basketball tournaments in their facility. It was challenging, fun, and educational all-in-one!
The rock climbing wall was open for attendees to use and went up a staggering thirty-five feet. The wall is included with membership to the facility and is fitted with adaptive rock climbing equipment to allow all people the enjoyment of conquering this beast.
We want to give a huge thank you to our exhibitors which included:
The event was a fun, educational, and an inclusive experience for members of the Phoenix community. We hoped to show that sport is for everybody and every body. A special thank you to Ability360 for being an amazing community partner and inviting everyone into their wonderful facility. You can find more information about their programs and services at https://ability360.org/sports/.