One-day, free sports camps are scheduled this summer for kids,
6-18, with physical or mental disabilities.
Chicago Cubs and the city's five other professional sports teams
will offer one-day camps this summer and fall for kids with mental
or physical disabilities.
The interactive camps feature basic skills adapted to children
and their abilities. The two-hour camps include instruction, use of
equipment and wrap-up with a lunch or snack. Professional athletes
and mascots usually make appearances, says Jody Grimaldi,
spokesperson for Variety of Illinois, which hosts the clinics along
with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and Chicago sports
"It give these children the same chance as able-bodied
children," Grimaldi says. "Really, it's all about having fun. We
set up volunteers to field their hits and tees for kids in
The camp season includes a Chicago Fire soccer clinic, plus Cubs
and White Sox baseball camps. A Chicago Bears camp will be held in
August at the team's training facility in Bourbonnais, while Bulls
and Blackhawks camps are slated for later in the year.
Participants must register by going to www.nscd.org/programs/sportscamp_overview and
clicking on the specific camp(s) or by calling (303) 293-5310. To
volunteer helping with the camps, contact Janna Penhale at
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