CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – SportAbility Adapted Sports Camp wrapped up Friday on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
The camp helps show athletes with physical differences how much they really can do with some determination and then hone those skills.
“There’s others like you that can be there and push you through,” said Vincen Liddel, president of SportAbility of Iowa.
Athletes come from all over the state for the camp. Some athletes have been in a wheelchair their entire life and have learned how to play their favorite sports.
Sophomore A.J. Fitzpatrick was born with arthrogryposis, which he said causes him to not be able to grow muscle from the waist down.
Fitzpatrick has a love for basketball and said camps like SportAbility can have a huge impact for younger kids.
“It’s a great time. It’s nice hanging out with people you can connect to because you all have the same ability,” he said.
Vincen Liddel is now the organization’s president. A spinal cord injury changed his life more than a decade ago and sees SportAbility as a way to help young athletes overcome whatever they’re dealing with.
“I’ve seen a need for kids to have this opportunity to play and be active. There really were no youth sports around the state. A lot of it was focused on adults,” Liddel said.
For more information about SportAbility of Iowa, visit their website here.