Summer 2014 Events and Programs
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Para-cycling is part of the U.S. Paralympic program governed by the Union Cyclists International (UCI) internationally. U.S. Paralympics manages the Paralympic Cycling Team and works closely with USA Cycling and community partners to provide recreational and competition opportunities for Para-cyclists in the United States. Handcycling is one form of para-cycling for individuals who have limited use of their lower body. Local rides feature traditional as well as adaptive cycles are held regularly in the summer months. Friends and family are encouraged to attend. All cyclists must sign a waiver (parent/guardian if under 18 or if not own legal guardian) and wear a cycling helmet at all times (helmets available).
We will host group bike rides Tuesday Evenings June 3 -July 29, 2014. Rides will meet at various trailheads around the Anchorage area. Contact us for specific information on where to meet and the planned ride route.
Cost: $5 per ride (if renting a bike from Challenge Alaska)
Wheelchair tennis is part played internationally at the recreational and competitive levels and by all ages. Whether you're a pro or you've never held a tennis racket there's something to learn from our tennis sessions. Learn the rules to the sport, how to swing and hold the racket, how to push with the racket, how to volley....the list goes on. We will be playing at the Spenard Recreation Center gym Wednesday evenings from 7:45 - 8:45 pm from May 7 - June 25.
Cost: $24 for all 8 sessions or $5 per session ($3 admission at front desk and $2 to instructors).
Reserve in advance to ensure a sport wheelchair and equipment will be available.
This is a progressive series—not coming to each session may result in not developing essential skills.
Spencer Glacier Float Trip
This full day starts off on the Alaska Railroad for a beautiful ride to Spencer Glacier. We will disembark the train in the ultra-scenic Placer valley at Spencer Lake. Spencer Lake is full of icebergs that crumble from the glacier. The ice is so close you can touch it. Relax as your guide navigates the raft down the Placer River through spirited Class I (maybe II) rapids that are fun for all ages. Take photos underneath the longest freestanding trestle bridge in the USA, or just enjoy the wildness of it all.
We shouldn't get wet except for an occasional small splash. After this amazingly scenic float, we’ll get back on the train and return to the Anchorage depot.
All gear is provided for a comfortable trip. It’s recommended that you bring the following items:
Thick socks (to wear with our rubber boots)
Warm clothes (wear synthetic layers and bring a rain coat)
Water bottle, lunch, dinner & snacks (you can purchase food on the train if you’d prefer)
Sunday, June 8, 2014. The train departs Anchorage depot at 9:45 am, returns at 9:15 pm.
Cost: $195 per person ($35 off full price) Limit: 6 people
Join Challenge Alaska’s Paralympic Sport Club Alaska program at the Cuddy Family Park skating oval on Saturday, Jun 14 as we celebrate Olympic Day and the Olympic Spirit with a Para-Cycling clinic!
We will have a wide variety of adaptive cycles (both hand and foot powered) available for people to try on the skating oval from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Also present will be elite athletes from a variety of Olympic and Paralympic disciplines on hand to talk and sign autographs.
All participants will have to sign a waiver (parent or guardian must sign if minor or not own legal guardian), wear a bicycle safety helmet and operate cycles safely with others present on the oval.
We will have volunteers on hand to adjust the bikes to fit each person to the extent that we are able.
Come early to ensure we don’t run out of time. We will end promptly at 1:00 PM so don’t wait!
Ultimate Wheelchair Frisbee
Join us as we play ultimate wheelchair Frisbee for the first time! The game is played very closely to how it’s played traditionally. Two teams attempt to pass the Frisbee down the court to teammates. Goals are scored when a teammate catches the Frisbee within the designated goal area. Once someone catches the Frisbee them must stop and throw to a teammate. When the Frisbee is intercepted or dropped possession changes. Sounds simple, but we’re sure it will be challenging. There is no limit to how many or few can play - within reason.
- Spenard Recreation Center gymnasium
- Wednesday July 23 - August 13, 2014
- 7:00 - 9:00 pm
- Cost: $12 for all four weeks, or $5 per night
Our programs are designed to teach you the fundamentals of archery and assist you in progressing through various achievement levels all the way from a beginner to an Olympian! Whatever your level of experience we can get you shooting.
We provide all equipment and instruction necessary to make you successful. Many people have never received instruction and are surprised to see how minor changes to their shooting style can make them better almost instantly.
Archery instruction will be held Monday evenings in August (pending securing our location). Times would be 7:00-8:00 pm.
You’re welcome to bring your own bows provided you use field points and are shooting 50 lbs. or under draw weight.
Cost: $20 for 4 weeks instruction
Paralympic Sport Alaska Military Program
Challenge Alaska is proud to serve Veterans and Ill/Injured Active Duty Service Members.
The sports and activities offered under this program are open only to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members and their family to better support them through social recreation, adaptive sports & outdoor recreation. By creating a safe environment that provides "challenge by choice," the inherent therapeutic value that is a natural part of recreation can provide healing and strengthen relationships. It is our goal to create a "judgement free" environment that welcomes all ill and injured service personnel - especially those with "invisible injuries."
For more information, please contact Jeff at Challenge Alaska at (907) 344-7270.
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TENTATIVE Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Programs
ASD Wheelchair Basketball
The tentative dates for the 2014 season are September 15 - October 14, 2014.
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Challenge Alaska is pleased to partner with the Anchorage School District to provide this after school sport at Central Middle School's gymnasium and is Monday - Thursday. The season is open to ASD students grades 6-12 who can safely utilize a wheelchair on the court in play, demonstrate understanding by following the rules and directions of the sport, and is willing to learn and commit to playing for 5 weeks during scheduled times. Sport wheelchairs are provided on a limited basis. Click here to download the ASD Disabled Sports Flyer.
To see more about wheelchair basketball, you can find a number of videos on YouTube by searching for "wheelchair basketball."
Dates for the winter 2015 season are not yet set but we anticipate playing on Wednesday evenings at Spenard Recreation Center January 7 - April 15, 2015. This is a "drop in" game and folks are welcome to come as often as they're able. We start warming up at 7:00 pm and the games usually kick off at 7:30 PM (after a brief warm up) and run until 8:45.
The cost will be $3 at the door (standard user fee). Sport wheelchairs are available for use for $2, with priority given to people with physical disabilities. The game is open to anyone who can safely utilize a wheelchair on the court in play and can demonstrate understanding by following the rules and directions of the sport.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing provides a challenge to people of all levels of ability, but the rewards are just great. Being on a quiet trail on a beautiful Alaskan evening with a group of people is peaceful and gratifying. We all need to stay active in the winter and get outside - why not do it with us?
Challenge Alaska is pleased to partner with the Anchorage School District to provide this after school sport at Hanshew Middle School's gymnasium and is Monday - Thursday. The season is open to ASD students grades 6-12 who can safely utilize a wheelchair on the court in play, demonstrate understanding by following the rules and directions of the sport, and is willing to learn and commit to playing for 5 weeks during scheduled times. The sport was designed for users of power wheelchairs (not provided) but users of manual sport wheelchairs are able to play as well. Metal soccer guards attach to the front of the chairs Sport wheelchairs are provided on a limited basis. Click here to visit the ASD Disabled Sports web page.
At least once per year (the average is two times per year) Challenge Alaska is host to a Paralympic Experience. This event provides an opportunity to learn more about specific Paralympic sports and the Paralympic Sport Movement. The event gives athletes a chance to explore various sports alongside their family and friends.
The 2015 Winter Paralympic Experience will tentatively be held March 7-8 at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood (Saturday & Sunday). The focus will be on downhill and cross country skiing. Additional info sessions talking about the National Paralympic movement will be held for parents, family members, and professionals (such as therapists and PE teachers).
Please reserve your spot in advance as space and equipment is limited.