The Adaptive Sports Junior Competitive Sports Program is a collaboration between Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the Chicago Park District (CPD). Competitive Junior Sports is ideal for youth seeking to develop their sports skills in wheelchair basketball, track and field, and wheelchair softball. Expert coaching and adaptive equipment are provided. Transportation is provided to participants living within Chicago city limits. Athletes travel to local and regional competitions. Participants must register with AbilityLab and the CPD to take part in the Junior Sports Programs.
When: 2019 Schedule TBA
Where: California Park, 3843 N. California Ave. (at Irving Park Rd.)
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab-CPD Junior Cubs are part of the National Wheelchair Softball Association, a fast-paced and highly competitive junior division for wheelchair softball teams with players age 8–18 years old. The season begins in late May and culminates in a National Championship tournament held in early August.
The junior division provides an opportunity for boys and girls with disabilities to enjoy the thrills and experiences of competitive, fast-paced, and action-packed softball. Just like their classmates in school who play in other competitive baseball and softball leagues, youth with disabilities have the opportunity to experience the joys, sense of belonging to a team, health benefits, and all the life experiences provided by playing athletics and team sports through wheelchair softball.
Thanks for a great 2017-18 Season!
The 2018-19 Schedule will be announced in late summer.
You may also be interested in the Caring for Kids Program. For more information, click on the link below.