NORTHEAST DUPAGE SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (NEDSRA)
August 27, 2012
I was first introduced to NEDSRA in the summer of 2005 through a friend and coworker of mine. He brought me to a practice of their youth wheelchair basketball team, my first adaptive sport experience, and I've been involved with the organization ever since. Fair disclaimer: I started my involvement as a participant, then also a volunteer, and then a part time staff as a coach in adaptive sports. In knowledge of that, take this review in whatever context you choose, but I would not still be with NEDSRA for over 7 years if not for the great experiences I had as a young athlete. I've been introduced to many sports through Northeast DuPage Special Rec; the laundry list includes wheelchair basketball, softball, track and field, archery, handcycling, handball, rugby, tennis, hockey, volleyball, boccia, soccer, swimming, rockclimbing, and skiing. Each sport continues to teach me new things, and adds to the memories I share with my friends. But the best part of finding NEDSRA is now being able to teach others, to meet new people, and to introduce them to adaptive sports, something that was once new to me. I don't know who I would be exactly if I hadn't started playing wheelchair basketball, but I appreciate the person that my experiences with with sport through NEDSRA has helped me to be.
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How did you find this group?
I was referred to NEDSRA by a co-worker, friend, and wheelchair basketball athlete.
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
Aside from the more basic changes (increased awareness of fitness, deeper love of sports, competitive spirit, sense of team/family, and being able to recognize myself as an athlete), I have more confidence, a better sense of self and self-worth, a broad group of teammates and friends, a growing amount of experience in teaching, a great appreciation for the value of fun in learning, and more willingness to try/make mistakes in all aspects of life.
Client Served & I practiced and taught adaptive sports to others, I participated in sports clinics and community ability awareness, and I was a summer camp counselor and a coach.