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Sports and Fitness Opportunities

Work, Volunteer, Intern

Sports Coordinator: Click here to learn more and to apply

Sports and Fitness Internships: Learn more about internships with the Sports Program, Fitness Center, Caring for Kids, and Inpatient Therapeutic Recreation Department.

Volunteer: The Sports and Fitness Program is seeking dedicated volunteers to help out in a variety of capacities. To learn more, contact RIC Volunteer Services, Derek Daniels, or one of the program leads below.

Caring for Kids: contact Ashley Gruenwald or call 312-238-5005

Sports Programs: contact Trent Thenhaus or call 312-238-5011

Fitness Center: contact Maggie Morrissy or call 312-238-5001

Get More information about Volunteering

Contact the RIC
Adaptive Sports and
Fitness Program


312-238-5017 (Fax)

RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness
541 North Fairbanks
Mezzanine Level
Chicago, IL 60611 

Office Hours

6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

RIC Adapted Sports and Recreation Program

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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 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)

Youth Programs

Adult Programs

Military Sports Programs

Caring for Kids

Junior Competitive Sports


Adaptive Cycling




Road Racing

Rock Climbing


Sled Hockey

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Softball

Adaptive Cycling



Military Sports Camp

Rock Climbing

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.

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