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Charleston County Parks introduces Adaptive Recreation Expo, set for Sept. 28
8/28/2014 1:04:11 PM

Physical fitness should be a part of life for everyone, and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) wants to help residents make that a goal. That is why CCPRC is launching the Adaptive Recreation Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at James Island County Park.

“The Adaptive Recreation Expo will showcase a variety of adaptive sports and leisure activities,” CCPRC’s Assistant Director of Recreation Susie Goudy said. “It is the perfect avenue for our patrons with physical limitations to try something new, rediscover a past recreational pursuit and to just have fun. That is what this event is all about.”

The event will feature a variety of activities that will be modified so that those with physical challenges can participate. The expo will include yoga, archery, paddling, boccia, and climbing. American Canoe Association-certified Adaptive Paddling instructors will assist participants with adapting watercraft to fit their needs. There will also be wheelchair-basketball and wheelchair-dance demos, and participants can take advantage of a nature tour and experience hand cycling.

Additionally, the Adaptive Recreation Expo will feature vendors on site who will offer expert information, demonstrations, and equipment.

“We are excited to offer this recreational opportunity for our patrons who have physical limitations,” Goudy said. “It is our goal to continue to expand our programming for this under-served population, offering more opportunities throughout the year.”

Launched in 2012, CCPRC’s AccessABILITY program strives to meet the growing needs of community members with limitations. Since its inception, the AccessABILITY program has offered 20 additional opportunities for this often-overlooked population. It is hoped that new programming, including the expo and other future ventures, will continue to serve the needs of this community.

CCPRC strives to help participants develop lifelong leisure skills, which will enable them to participate in recreation programs throughout the year.

Admission to the Adaptive Recreation Expo is free with regular gate admission to James Island County Park ($1 per person), but participants are encouraged to pre-register. Those who pre-register by Sept. 14 will receive free lunch and a t-shirt. For more information about the Adaptive Recreation Expo or to register, visit

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