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"Paralympic Experience" returning to Tropical Park, Saturday, March 12

MIAMI (February 24, 2016)

Individuals with physical and visual disabilities and their families are invited to come out to Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street in Miami, on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for  the returning “Paralympic Experience”. Be inspired by Paralympic sports coaches and athletes to get involved in local Paralympic sports and try an array of fun, adapted sports activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, wheelchair basketball, rowing, hand cycling, and Boccia. The event is open to the public and presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as a Paralympics Sport Club, in conjunction with several of its local Paralympic partners. Admission and parking are free.

Meet and enjoy hands-on demonstrations by Miami-Dade Parks’ own Miami HEAT Wheels wheelchair basketball team (2015 NWBA National Champions). More than 75 South Floridians with physical disabilities and visual impairments of all ages and ability levels, including military veterans, will participate in the adapted sports events. 

Adapted sports participants are advised to register in advance of the event date by contacting Jody Cox at 305-234-1673 or jsantia@miamidade.gov.  Registration will also be available on event day at the park’s Mary Abreu Community Center, starting at 9 a.m. 

Partner agencies for the “2016 Paralympic Experience” include Ability Medical, City of Miami Parks and Recreation, Coloplast, Jackson Health System, Jackson Health Foundation, the Leisure Access Foundation, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Miami Beach Rowing Club, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Lighthouse, Paralyzed Veterans of America Sports, and USA Boccia. 

For directions to Tropical Park, visit the web page or call 305-226-8315.

The Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services division promotes the involvement of persons with disabilities in all Miami-Dade County Parks’ services and activities.  As both a Paralympic Sports Club and BlazeSports Club they train persons with physical and visual impairments desiring to engage in recreational and competitive adaptive sports.  For more information visit the web page.

Miami-Dade Parks is supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.