WINDHAM, N.Y. – The Adaptive Sports Foundation will host its first Adaptive Skateboard Camp of 2022 this upcoming weekend on July 16 and 17 at the Windham Mountain Adventure Park.
The ASF has hired Johnny O’Connor, a professional skater who grew up in Windham, to coach the students who signed up for the camp. He, professional skateboard coach Frank Cabrera, and several other pro-level skateboard coaches will ensure that participants of all levels get offered the best training available and have fun.
“I’ve known people in the program for a while. Last year was the first year of the skateboard camp and it was amazing,” O’Connor said. “Not only were the students really excited, but so were the volunteers, which made it an incredible day. I love it.”
O’Connor is excited for this year’s first skateboard camp. So much so that he and his friends have built new skate ramps for the camp to use down at the park.
“I’m excited for the kids to come out and have a group of friends that are sharing a fun experience together,” O’Connor said, looking forward to the weekend’s event. “They can feel comfortable and excited to learn new things and push themselves to either work on learning a new trick or just roll around and enjoy the feeling of the board underneath their feet.”
The camp runs from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. A barbeque lunch, provided by the Elder family, will take place at 11:30 a.m. on both days. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, sunscreen, a sweatshirt or jacket, sturdy footwear, personal items that may be needed during the day, a skateboard and gear.
If students don’t have their own equipment, that isn’t a problem. The ASF has boards and gear that it can rent out to participants.
There are still spots available for the first Adaptive Skateboard Camp this weekend as well as the ASF’s second skateboard camp scheduled for the weekend of August 13-14. For more information or to sign up for either camp, click here.
The Adaptive Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community.