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Junior Competitive Sports Program

The RIC Adaptive Sports Junior Competitive Sports Program is a collaboration between RIC 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 RIC and the CPD to take part in the Junior Sports Programs.

For more information, contact Trent Thenhaus at 312-238-5011.


Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball season starts in October and meets once weekly. Visit the Junior Wheelchair Basketball page for more information.

Wheelchair Softball


Indoor Skills Practice meets Mondays 6:00–8:00 p.m., May 5, 12, 19 and June 2–23, 2014

Outdoor Practice meets Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 p.m., June 24–August 5, 2014


Indoor: Russell Square Park, 3045 E. 83rd St.

Outdoor: California Park, 3843 N. California Ave. (at Irving Park Rd.)

The RIC-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.

Track and Field


Thursdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., May 7–July 31, 2014

Saturdays 9:00 a.m.–Noon, May 10 and 31 ONLY


Thursdays meet at 31st Street Beach

Saturdays (5/10 & 5/31) meet at LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Wheelchair and ambulatory track along with field events are offered. Athletes participate in the Great Lakes Games as well as National Junior Disability Championship.