Adaptive Sports Program at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Derek Daniels, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) has been named the #1 rehabilitation facility in the U.S. for the past 27 consecutive years, as ranked by US News & World Report. The hospital aims to Advance Human Ability - to be the leading source of science-driven breakthroughs in Human Ability. Derek Daniels manages the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Adaptive Sports Program, one of the hospital's many community-based Quality of Life Programs, which helps introduce youth and adults with a primary physical disability to the social and physical fitness outcomes of participating in competitive and recreational adaptive sports activities. The program features a great variety of year-round sports and recreation opportunities such as sled hockey, handcycling, wheelchair rugby and basketball, and golf. The program engages athletes of all skill levels, from those interested in learning a new sport to athletes wishing to hone their craft for elite-level competition in the Paralympic Games. The majority of participants join teams at the recreational level, and compete in local and regional competitions.
Produced by: Greater Chicago Newsmakers Team