BORP scores a goal — making sports accessible to physically disabled athletes
When the pandemic hit, the nonprofit adapted, and ended up serving four times as many people with online classes and outdoor recreation.
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Dec. 212021, 9:30 a.m.today at 9:05 a.m.
Sled Hockey athletes in their team uniforms and holding their hockey sticks take to the ice, ready for a game. Credit: Scott Goodman
This story is brought to you by the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP).
Basketball, hockey, soccer, hiking, and cycling. These are some of the sports and activities for people in wheelchairs and with vision impairments offered by the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), which is based in Berkeley and funded with donations.
In this challenging pandemic era, not only has the sports organization survived, it has thrived.
When Covid hit, the staff at BORP realized the impact on people with disabilities would be particularly hard. Not only were they more vulnerable to the virus, but they are also more likely to face isolation and lack resources to address their physical and mental health needs.
The non-profit was able to pivot quickly. The adaptive cycling center was reopened after a new reservation system was added to [...]