United Spinal chapter of Tennessee hosted Camp United

Last year the United Spinal chapter of Tennessee hosted Camp United, an outdoor adaptive sports day held at the Joe E. Davis Outdoor Center in Nashville. After a successful first run, they are upping the stakes with the second annual Camp United on May 20.

Last year’s event featured a wide variety of sports from adaptive kayaking to wheelchair tennis, adaptive sailing, wheelchair basketball, and even fishing. There were Paralympians giving tennis instruction and a youth group demonstrating basketball. Chapter leader Alison Harris says that despite the August heat, they had an impressive inaugural showing, “Last year we had over 300 people attend the event, with over 100 people launching kayaks and over 50 zip liners fulfilling a bucket list dream. It was very liberating for everyone who participated and very humbling for all the volunteers and staff! Great bonding event for our disabled community. And everyone had a blast.”

This year, Harris is looking for more of the same, with an expanded array of sponsors’ booths and the addition of adaptive badminton to everything they had going on last year. Everything will be set up for wheelchair users to make the most of the day, with fully accessible rest rooms, and a separate room so that people have a private area to change clothes, important with so many water sports going on. For more information, please contact unitedspinaltn@gmail.com.