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Caring for Kids: Registration Forms

To participate in any Caring for Kids program, please fill out and submit the following forms:

Download Registration Form [PDF]

Download Medical Form [PDF]

Download Insurance Waiver and Release of Liability Form [PDF]

Send completed forms to:

RIC - Caring for Kids Program
Attention: Ashley Gruenwald
345 E. Superior St., Rm. 532
Chicago, IL 60611

Once your forms are received, you will have the opportunity to register for individual events and programs.

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Sports and Fitness Opportunities

Volunteer and Intern with the Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program!

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 Derek Daniels or call 312-238-5008

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

Get More information about Volunteering

Upcoming Sports and Fitness Events

To learn more about any upcoming event, call 312-238-5001. Dates/events are subject to change. Where available, click for more information.

September

5: FITNESS CENTER CLOSED - LABOR DAY

5: No Fitness Center Classes

7-18: Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8: Road to Rio: Celebrating Excellence, Hellenic Museum, Chicago

9: Unbroken: Art After Injury, Chicago

10: Caring for Kids-Kids Club at the Chopping Block, Chicago

10: Caring for Kids-Teen Night at the Chopping Block, Chicago

10-11: Wheelchair Rugby Clinic hosted by the RIC Bears

13: RIC Hornets Wheelchair Basketball Practice Begins

18: RIC Cycling at the North Shore Century Ride, Evanston, IL

23: 35th Annual RIC Sports and Fitness Awards Dinner, Chicago

24: Moving Day® for people living with Parkinson's Disease, Chicago, IL

24-25: RIC Bears Brawl Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Libertyville, IL

26: RIC Adaptive Golf Program Season Ends

See a complete list of SPORTS AND FITNESS EVENTS here...

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Caring for Kids

Chicago Cubs mascot with Caring for Kids participant Caring for Kids participants at bowling alley Caring for Kids participant practices hitting softball into net

What is Caring for Kids?

RIC’s Caring for Kids program provides adaptive sport and recreation programs for children with physical impairments or conditions. The programs are designed to foster a positive quality of life for participants by promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, activity and adaptive resources.

Caring for Kids provides many year-round programs, weekend programs and camps, all following the Chicago Public School schedule. It is funded by Polk Bros Foundation, Blackhawk Charities, Edmund and Alice Opler Foundation, and Cubs Care.

  • Chicago Children’s Museum: Participants had the opportunity to Explore the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. Participants got to build a fort, construct a skyscraper, tinker with real tools, and create art projects.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum: Participants had the opportunity to Explore the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. Participants got to build a fort, construct a skyscraper, tinker with real tools, and create art projects.
  • Experience SCUBA Day: CFK Participants headed to Chicago State University to work with RIC staff and DJ Scuba, Inc. Participants had the opportunity to learn about SCUBA and test out different equipment. Participants also snorkeled and plunged into other fun water games.
  • Penguin Foot Pottery: The kids learned about clay hand building at Penguin Foot Pottery. They got to make and design their very own wind chime. Participants also got their hands dirty during a wheel throwing demonstration.
  • Penguin Foot Pottery: The kids learned about clay hand building at Penguin Foot Pottery. They got to make and design their very own wind chime. Participants also got their hands dirty during a wheel throwing demonstration.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum: Participants had the opportunity to Explore the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. Participants got to build a fort, construct a skyscraper, tinker with real tools, and create art projects.
  • RIC's Caring for Kids activities are also held at our Flagship hospital location.

Activities

Our program provides opportunities for children to try:

  • Adaptive Cycling: Helps with strength, endurance, gross motor skills
  • Adaptive Sailing: Focuses on motor skills, socialization, strength, endurance, community integration, memory
  • Animal Assisted Therapy: Allows for stress reduction, relaxation, socialization, memory, flexibility, community integration, motor skills
  • Art Therapy: Aids in Stress reduction, relaxation, socialization, motor skills, self-expression
  • Cubs Dream Camp: Aids in motor skills, socialization, strength, endurance, community integration
  • Horseback Riding: Allows for relaxation, strength, endurance, motor skills, flexibility, socialization, community integration
  • Swimming: Helps with socialization, community integration, stress reduction, motor skills, flexibility
  • Rowing: Focuses on strength, endurance, motor skills, community integration, flexibility, socialization
  • Yoga: Helps with strength, endurance, flexibility, relaxation, stress reduction

Who can participate?

Participants must:

  • be between 7-17 years old
  • have a physical impairment or condition that is their primary disability
  • Be independent in his or her skills of daily living such as toileting and feeding. If a child is not independent, the family is asked to provide an aide or caregiver of adult age to provide direct assistance to the child.

How do I register?

In order to enroll your child to participate in the Caring for Kids program, the following must be completed:

  • Registration form
  • Medical forms (physician complete backside, 2 pages)
  • Insurance Waiver and Release of Liability Form
  • Photo Release
  • Seizure Paperwork (if applicable)

Please email the packet to:

agruenwald@ric.org,

fax to 312-238-1025 or

mail to:
Ashley Gruenwald
345 E. Superior St. Room 532
Chicago, IL 60611

Once all participant paperwork is received, you will receive a confirmation email and monthly flyers about upcoming Caring for Kids programs. To register for specific programs, an email can be sent to agruenwald@ric.org or a phone call can be made to 312-238-5005. When calling or emailing, please state the participants name, the event, and if transportation is required.

Questions?

Ashley Gruenwald

345 E. Superior St. Room 532

Chicago, IL 60611

Agruenwald@ric.org

Fax: 312-238-1025

Caring for Kids Support

Click on the logos to learn more about the organizations that support Caring for Kids.

Blackhawk Charities Logo Cubs Care Logo Polk Bros. Foundation 25th Anniversary Logo