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The Adaptive Abilities Club at Marquette volunteers for various events throughout the year, including adaptive rugby, downhill skiing, water skiing, fishing, camping, an all wheelchair fashion show and more.

Adaptive Abilities Club News

SEWASP – Adaptive Downhill Skiing
Thursdays 6-9:30 PM; Jan. 9th – March 13th

Description: Southeastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program (SEWASP) partners with Independence First to provide ski lessons to individuals with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help with equipment, transfers, safety. Free lift tickets are provided; volunteers must obtain their own equipment. Some dry-land and on-snow training required in Nov & Dec.

Location: Alpine Valley ski resort
Contact: Kathy Mohar,, (414) 266-8375 or Terri Henderson,

Advantage Kid’s w/c tennis camp
Saturdays Feb 22 - March 15

Children 3-4pm; adults 4-5pm

Location: Bluemound Elite, 600 N Barker Rd, Brookfield
Description: professional instruction to anyone w/ mobility impairments
Contact: Jackie Egelhoff 262-242-5634

Stride & Glide
Feb 22, 2014; 7am registration; 7:50am 5K w/c start

5K run / walk / w/c to support Independence First: Making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Volunteers needed to help set up and support the event; also looking for participants. Includes costume contest, free zoo admission, kids activities, Zumba

Location: Milwaukee Co Zoo, 10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee

Chatter Matters! Augmentative communication camp
June 26-29, 2014

This “boot camp” is designed as an immersion experience for families and children using augmented communication devices at school but not necessarily at home or in the community. Volunteers with help set up and run activities designed to encourage communication between peers, family members, and others using their aug comm devices. Meals and sleeping arrangements are provided in the main lodge.

Location: Inspiration Retreat Center, Walworth, WI
Contact: Jessica Bauer-Phipps,, 262-777-2090

Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa
July 18, 2014

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association S.E. Wisconsin Chapter hosts a 5K run / roll on the opening night of Festa Italiana. I believe there is also a w/c obstacle course for able-bodied individuals to try in a loaner w/c that is hosted / supported by Froedtert’s spinal cord staff.

Location: Summerfest Grounds
Contact: 414-384-4022 or email

VA adaptive cycling clinic
July 1st & 2nd, 2014

More information to come.

Rehab Institute of Chicago Wounded Heroes Foundation: military sports camp
July 24 – 27, 2014

Introductory level athletes are invited to learn from elite level coaches. Sports include: roller sled hockey, archery, swimming, rock climbing, w/c basketball, judo, kayaking, tennis, rowing, cycling, field, biathalon, golf, scuba (tentative list). Many volunteers are needed to assist participants with equipment, transfers, set up, etc.

Location: Chicago, IL
Contact person: Jason Stubbeman,, 312-328-5010

1st Annual Milwaukee Adaptive Sports and Rec Expo
July 26, 2014

Building a collaborative community-academic partnership for adaptive sports and rec; sponsored by Zablocki VA and Medical College of Wisconsin

Location: TBA

Adaptive waterskiing
Aug 6 & 13th, 2014

National Seating and Mobility teams up with Independence First to offer participants an opportunity to waterski or tube on Pewaukee Lake. Volunteers are needed to assist participants with life jackets, transfers, safety, loading and launching equipment, being “jumpers” in case of an emergency on the water. No skills needed and you do not have to get wet – there are plenty of land-based jobs.

Location: Pewaukee Lake
Contact: Kathy Mohar,, (414) 266-8375

Wheelchair rugby classification clinic
November, evenings TBA

Individuals who play w/c (“quad”) rugby have to have 4 extremities impaired to qualify to play. Players are assigned a point value based on their level of ability. Classifiers are the officials who evaluate the players’ strength, coordination, ball handling, and w/c skills and assign them their class level. Only PTs, OTs and physiatrists are qualified to be classifiers. But if you are interested in the sport and curious about the assessments and determination of ability levels, you are welcome to attend this lecture presentation. It is an excellent precursor to the rugby tournament hosted in Milwaukee, which usually follows this presentation.

Location: Schroeder Health Complex #356
Contact: Tina Stoeckmann, tina.stoeckmann@mu.edu414-288-5527

Wheelchair rugby Milwaukee tournament
November, weekend TBA

Milwaukee’s w/c rugby team, the Milwaukee Iron, hosts a 6-8 team tournament “The Iron Horse Rumble”, usually a w/e in November. Participants arrive Friday and are seen by classifiers if necessary that evening, with the tournament running all day Sat and most of Sun. Volunteers are needed to run the scoreboard, be line judges, help with food prep and assisting participants with meals. If you have attended the classification clinic earlier in the month, you can also hang out with the official classifiers while they evaluate the abilities of the athletes and determine their point value or “class."


South Division HS
Wheelchair rugby practice
Thursdays and Saturdays

Have you seen the movie “Murderball”? That is w/c rugby. The Milwaukee Iron is our local w/c rugby team, and they practice right here in town. They would love to have volunteers come and practice with them (they’ll loan you a chair), help them tape up their hands, transfer into their rugby chairs, etc.


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