SportsAbility is Florida Disabled Outdoors Association’s premier multi-day event that features a vast assortment of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, their families and friends and a Resource Expo. The event has become a popular educational and fun way to benefit the disability community while raising awareness of the capabilities of persons with disabilities to the public.
“SportsAbility/Miracle Sports, has been a fantastic experience all around. Not only for my seven‐year‐old son, Mason, but for myself as well. To see how well my son has adapted with the helpers/volunteers takes my breath away at times. He’s become very independent with this program. I’ve seen Mason gain new interests with the sports each season. All of the volunteers know my son and he recognizes each of them. This is not just an after‐school event or extracurricular activity, it’s like a family out there. I’ve never had a bad experience and neither has my son. I have personally seen the achievements with my son, but I also know the other parents/guardians see the same in their children. We couldn’t ask for a more warm, caring, and inviting environment for our children.”
Tracy L. Brown, Parent of a participant of SportsAbility
“I was born with Spina Bifida, a neural tube birth defect that causes partial paralysis among other debilitating effects. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Economics, I moved to Tallahassee to start my career. As a person with a disability, I know the importance of staying healthy and physically fit. So, I wanted to find some kind of fun activity in the area that would help to keep me health. I was so lucky to find a great group like the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. Not only have they filled my life with wonderful leisure activities that will help keep me fit, through this wonderful organization I have made dear friends for life and have seen all the good they do for countless others. I don’t know what I would without the FDOA.”
Michael Isaacson, Participant of SportsAbility
“I first attended SPORTSABILITY in 2009, after seeing their float in the Springtime Tallahassee Parade. I had recently been diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, a progressively debilitating disease with no cure. I was told I would become wheelchair bound, and eventually bed ridden. I was going through a tough grieving process. After seeing the float in the Springtime Tallahassee Parade, my husband and I decided to “go check out the event”. Going to SPORTSBILITY was a great idea. I learned, that just because I have a disability that will only get worse, it does not mean that I have to stop living. I tried different kinds of activities, amongst others sit down waterskiing, and kayaking. The biggest thing was not to discover that I can still go out and have fun. What really got to me was seeing how everybody, despite their abilities or disabilities are able to go enjoy nature, are able to be active, and that through the team work of able bodied volunteers, the sky is the limit. SPORTSABILITY was the beginning of a new approach to life for me. I still grieve for what I have lost, and inevitably will lose, but I am no longer doing it alone in the confines of the safety of my house. I am once again living while waiting.”
Pernille Urban, Participant of SportsAbility