DisAbility Sports Festival
The DisAbility Sports Festival started at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and is held annually in October. The FREE 9th annual SoCal DisAbility Sports Festival will be held at CSUSB on Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (on-site registration starts at 8 a.m.). The DisAbility Sports Festivals are FREE for people with ANY disability and ANY age. Last year, we had 900 participants ages 8 months to 84 years old. This year, we expect to have 1000 participants including 100 veterans at the FREE festival. Please register fast as spaces will fill. Registration is now open, please click on the links below to register:
At the festivals we:
- Introduce participants to several adapted sports with most reports being coached by an elite athlete with a disability;
- Provide t-shirts to participants who pre-register; and
- Have information booths about other community programs and services available for people with disabilities and their families.
Our keynote speaker during the Ceremonies at the 2014 SoCal Disability Sports Festival was Jeffrey Lopez. Jeffrey is a 12 year old boy who was born with spina bifida, vacteral syndrome and hydro, he has a tube that drains the fluid into his stomach called a VP shunt, he was also was born with chiari malformation where part of his brain bulges out of the back of his head. Jeffrey underwent three surgeries the first twenty-four hours of his life. He was born with one solitary kidney and now needs a catheter to prevent UTI infections. He underwent a major back surgery a year ago in which rods had to be placed and loosened due to tethered spinal cord syndrome. Jeffrey now depends on a wheelchair and walker to navigate his way around. He is currently using a walker to help him learn to walk and build strength. In his lifetime he has had a total of fifteen surgeries, but that has not stopped him from moving forward. He is determined to do it all! He started to participate in a variety of sports since he was four years old. He has played baseball, basketball, soccer, karate, swimming, sled hockey, surfing and the one hundred mile club.
On top of playing sports, Jeffrey has been working on a project for about four years now. His project is called Jeffrey's Hope. His goal is to raise enough funds to build a universal playground he and his brother Joey can play in. Not only that, but he wants there to be playgrounds in which all children, adults and families can go to and interact and not feel intimidated because of their disabilities which Jeffrey finds important.
To help learn more visit Jeffrey's Crowdrise page.
The DisAbility Sports Festival is a day full of fun and activities for people of all abilities and ages. Again, the festival is FREE to the public.
If you are interested in participating in the next DisAbility Sports Festival, please contact the DisAbility Sports Office by phone at 909-537-5352 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.