As part of Iowa Rush’s Community Outreach, the Rush U13 girls spent the morning of October 17th at Courage League Sports, an adaptive recreational sports facility for children with special needs. The program staff at Courage League, led by an occupational therapist, adapts sports and exercises specifically for children with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. The staff relies on volunteers who can help make sure the facility is prepared and who will spend time with the athletes to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.
The Rush players started their morning with a tour from the owner and helping the Program Manager get the equipment ready for Open Gym. They were able to test out much of the unique technology that Courage League offers as well as experiment playing soccer with power wheelchairs on the turf field. Once the athletes arrived, the Rush girls competed with them on computerized bikes; played basketball; participated in kick boxing and tumbling classes; danced and otherwise joined the kids in races and games in the 10,000 square foot gym.
The Program Manager commended the girls on their interactions and enthusiasm. The Rush players were positive, energetic, and appreciated the opportunity to work with these athletes.
“I had a really good time at courage league and met some really cool kids there. I liked playing with all the toys/things with the kids. We also did a tumbling class were we played games and had a dance party. It was so fun!!” – Meghan W.
“I liked how we got to play with the kids and have dance parties with them on the Eye Play system.” – Elizabeth O.
“This was an inspirational and fun activity and I would love to go back again.” – Addie E.