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The Breaking Barriers Youth Program allows youth of all abilities the opportunity to participate regularly in three different activities; competitive swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding, and rock climbing.
The mission of this youth program is to create more opportunities as well as access for youth with disabilities to be more involved in competitive and noncompetitive sports and outdoor adventures. Each inclusive activity will start at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, and then move out into the competitive or outdoor setting. Breaking Barriers is a great opportunity for youth to have a sense of accomplishment, build friendships, and feel empowered by participating in one or more of these activities.
Rock climbing begins on Oct. 6 with instructor training under the guidance of Mark Wellman, a pioneer of outdoor adventures for people with disabilities.
Youth Climb to Success at Breaking Barriers Debut. For Jackson, scaling a 30-foot rock wall at Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center was comparable to the climb up a monstrous mountain.
Breaking Barriers Water Sports is a program designed to provide youth and their family’s adaptive recreation opportunities on the water. Breaking Barriers Water Sports includes kayaking, both single and tandem, as well as paddle boarding. Water Sports days take place at Tempe Town Lake, once a month, and will feature a variety of equipment for all levels of experience and ability.
Youth 18 years and younger (family and friends encouraged to participate, as well!)
*Must register, prior to date of event*