SPORTS AND RECREATION
The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Program
Founded in 1981, the Wirtz Adapted Sports Program at RIC is one of the longest running adaptive sports programs in the country offering adaptive sports opportunities for adults and youth with a physical disability.
We offer sports opportunities to people with physical disabilities of all ages. The program welcomes athletes of all skill levels from those interested in learning a new recreational sport to athletes wishing to hone their craft for elite level competition. And, while we we have a long history of developing athletes that have gone on to compete and medal in the Paralympic Games, the majority of our athletes participate do so recreationally or to compete in local and regional competitions.
Whether you are just getting back into the game or you are looking for ways to stay healthy and active, the sports program has something for everyone from a friendly day on the golf green to full collision wheelchair rugby. Our current roster of programs includes: (click on a program to learn more)
Participation and Cost
Because of generous philanthropic support, we are able to provide many of our programs and services free of charge or for a very nominal fee. Additionally, we are able to provide skilled coaching and equipment that will enable successful participation.
To get started, the Adaptive Sports Program requires all participants to submit a completed medical form to the sports and fitness office.
You are always welcome to visit a practice or come out to a game to see a sport in action. Check out our current Calendar of Events, a specific program page, or call 312-238-5001 for more information.