Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program

For patients who have become physically disabled due to a stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, amputation or other medical condition, re-adapting to life with a disability can be challenging—both physically and emotionally.

Why Choose Us

Unlike other rehabilitation centers in the community, we offer a full-time program with an experienced, dedicated staff to help our patients go beyond and reach their maximum potential. Our highly experienced team of rehabilitation experts works with patients throughout the continuum of care—including rehabilitation, recovery and transition—so they can get back to living the life they deserve.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo

Launched in 2004 as a way to bring awareness to adaptive sports in South Florida, the Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo is a fun-filled day for people with physical disabilities to enjoy a variety of adaptive sports and activities. Normally held the last Saturday in March, participants can enjoy adaptive sailing, skiing, scuba diving, and wheelchair basketball at Markham Park in Sunrise.

This year's expo, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, has been canceled in response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 (also called novel coronavirus).

Contact Us 

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program
Memorial Rehabilitation Institute
Memorial Regional Hospital South
3600 Washington Street
Hollywood, FL 33021

Rayford Shipman
Director, Business Development
Email: rshipman@mhs.net
Phone: 954-518-5573

Through connections with community organizations across South Florida, our Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program connects physically disabled individuals with a wide range of adaptive sports and adaptive recreational activities, which have been modified or redesigned to fit our patients’ unique needs and requirements.

Types of Activities

We offer a range of adaptive activities including:

  • Adaptive bowling (for both pediatric and adult patients)
  • Adaptive cycling
  • Adaptive mountain biking
  • Adaptive rowing
  • Adaptive water aerobics
  • Fishing
  • Rugby
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair tennis

Benefits of Adaptive Sports

Adaptive sports programs may have numerous long-term therapeutic benefits for participants. It addition to enhancing quality of life and improving overall health, our program may help participants:

  • Become more independent
  • Develop new skills
  • Feel more hopeful
  • Forge new friendships
  • Have fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
  • Improve mood
  • Improve self esteem
  • Increase motivation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce stress levels