RIC and Wounded Heroes Foundation:
Military Sports Camp
Above photos courtesy of Brigette Sullivan/Outer Focus Photos
RIC Military Sports Camp is designed for injured military personnel with a primary physical disability. Introductory level athletes are invited to learn from elite level coaches while enjoying all that Chicago has to offer. All local ground transportation, lodging, meals, and program activities will be provided to military personnel at no cost.
All individuals who have or are currently serving in the US Armed Forces and now have a primary physical disability are welcome to apply. 2015 camp participants represented every military branch, came from 15 states, even from outside the continental USA.
The 2016 Military Camp will be held July 21-25, 2016. More information about this summer's camp will be released in February.
Featured Sports of the 2015 Military Sports Camp
Archery ● Biathlon ● Sled Hockey ● Wheelchair Basketball
Kayaking ● Cycling ● Field ● SCUBA ● Wheelchair Softball
Swimming ● Rock Climbing ● Golf ● Judo
Learn more by downloading these PDF files:
Veterans interested in applying for RIC Military Sports Camp are asked to complete an online application. Fifty (50) qualifying applicants will be accepted for participation in camp. Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by program staff.
The 2016 Military Camp application will become available February 1, 2016.
Q: What does FREE entail?
A: Covered costs include a flight to/from Chicago (thanks to the support of United Airlines) or a travel reimbursement if travelling by train, bus or other means of transit; hotel; food; local transportation; sports equipment & instruction; select Chicago tourism activities and more.
Q: Do I qualify if I have PTSD?
A: Many of our camp attendees have a diagnosis of PTSD. However, as we are a physical rehabilitation hospital, applicants must also have a physical disability of some type to qualify.
Q: What if I need a care giver?
A: There is a spot on the camp application for care giver information. You will apply along with your care giver. If accepted to camp, your care giver is part of that acceptance and will be covered the same as you (they will also get a flight, hotel, food, transportation, etc.). Applicants must provide their own care giver. RIC cannot provide care givers. Please note: care givers are covered/accepted for medical/ADL needs only. If you have questions about a specific situation or needs, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-238-5010.
Q: Does it matter where I live?
A: It does not matter where you currently reside so long as you served or are serving in the US Armed Forces.
Q: Does it matter when or where I was injured?
A: No, the application process is open to anyone who has served in the US Armed Forces and now has a physical disability of any kind.
Q: Should I be descriptive in my application?
A: YES – The selection process heavily takes into account each applicant’s reasons for wanting to attend camp as well as their goals for what they would like to get out of camp.
Q: What if I have questions about camp or need assistance completing the application?
A: Please contact me directly at email@example.com or 312-238-5010 and I will be happy to help.
For more information, contact: Derek Daniels at 312-238-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local News Coverage of the 2015 Military Sports Camp