For those adapting to disabilities, sports put focus on what’s possible rather than what isn’t – Baltimore Sun

Coming off the basketball court at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute in West Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, Derrick Waters wiped a few beads of sweat from his forehead and smiled.

“I still gotta get a lot better at it,” the 38-year-old Owings Mills resident said of wheelchair basketball, “but it’s my favorite.”

Across the parking lot, a group of women and girls, all with some form of physical disability, danced to hip-hop music thumping out of a set of speakers, while a few men with amputated limbs played soccer in the nearby grass. In an adjacent building, others with limited mobility were slipping into a pool in full scuba gear.

All were participating in the institute’s ninth annual Adaptive Sports Festival, an event aimed at showcasing all that is possible for individuals with physical disabilities who want to remain active in sports.


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