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The University of New Mexico Adapted Sports Festival is set for Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.

The festival focuses on promoting physical activity and sports for those with disabilities, injury, or illness and is also used to raise awareness of disability sports and physical activity throughout Bernalillo County. The festival is also a great opportunity to provide service-learning opportunities so that students may learn how to adapt programs for people with disabilities.

"The value of the UNM Adapted Sports Festival for individuals with a disability is that is provides an opportunity, through adapted sport and recreation activities, to experience the power of their ability and not focus on their disability," said Catherine Tingstrom, assistant professor of Physical Education Teacher Education and graduate coordinator of Adapted Physical Education. "In addition, the festival provides UNM students with a powerful service learning experience by assisting and instructing adults, veterans and children with different types of disabilities".

While at the festival, participants will be able to take part in sports such as adapted kayaking, adapted scuba diving, wheelchair tennis, adaptive crossfit, sitting volleyball, and many others.

Registration for this year’s festival is now open. Those who do not have a disability but who wish to volunteer may register as well. For more information, visit Adapted Sports Festival or contact Dr. Cathy Tingstrom at (505) 277-8176, (505) 277-5151, or at ctingsr@unm.edu.