Inclusive sports and recreation
The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is a beautiful facility on at UVic that houses both Vikes Athletics and Recreation and CanAssist.
Since CARSA's doors opened in 2015, the two groups have worked together to establish the University of Victoria as a leader in accessible, inclusive athletic and recreational programming.
By promoting inclusion and accessibility, UVic is providing people with barriers - including students, faculty and staff, and those in the wider community - with more opportunities to engage in athletics and recreational pursuits, while at the same time raising awareness of disability issues and creating a culture of inclusion on campus and beyond.
Vikes Recreation offers an exciting variety of drop-in and registered inclusive activities, including: adapted strength and conditioning; wheelchair basketball; wheelchair tennis; blind soccer; inclusive spin classes; inclusive dance; and adapted climbing.
To learn more and to register for programs, please visit Vikes Recreation.
Vikes and CanAssist regularly host events focused on adapted sports and inclusive recreation. These have included:
- hosting national wheelchair rugby training camps at CARSA
- participating in OneAbility ProMotion Week (formerly ParaSport Community Development Week)
- showcasing wheelchair basketball demos at Vikes basketball half-times
- highlighting inclusive programming during Thunderfest
- featuring wheelchair sports try-it sessions CARSA and CanAssist open houses
In addition to inclusive opportunities for adults on campus and in the community, UVic also provides programming for youth from September through March, including:
JUST FOR KICKS
A free indoor soccer program for kids of all abilities to participate in soccer and learn fundamental movement skills.
For more information and to register, please visit the Just for Kicks webpage.
A play-based program teaching basic motor skills and social interactions for kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities aged 2 to 6. (Note: siblings within the age range are also welcome to register.)
For more information and to register, please visit Special Olympics Victoria.
In 2015, CanAssist led the creation of OneAbility, a collaboration of more than 20 Greater Victoria organizations that are working together to increase opportunities for inclusive sports and recreation. OneAbility's collaborative approach reduces competition for resources within the region, instead helping to ensure that members benefit from each other's individual and collective strengths.
For more information, please visit OneAbility.
- GoodLife Kids Foundation - for the new adapted climbing program
- UVic Alumni Association - for the adapted strength and conditioning program
If you or your organization is interested in contributing to promoting inclusion at UVic, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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