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Public Invited to Eighth Annual Adaptive Sports Expo Oct. 2-4
9/5/2008

FORT MYERS, FL - October is Disabilities Awareness Month, and in an effort to raise awareness, Florida Gulf Coast University Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Adaptive Services invite Southwest Florida to the Eighth Annual Adaptive Sports Expo held on the FGCU campus. The event runs from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 2-4, and will highlight some of the ways people with disabilities can be active participants in both recreational activities and sporting events.

The event kicks off with a showing of photographs and a live presentation by photographer Kevin Connolly at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Student Union ballroom. For information about Connolly's work visit http://www.therollingexhibition.com/index2.php.

Additional activities include a Caribbean-themed pool party with games, arts and crafts, entertainment and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 at the FGCU Aquatics Center.

The Adaptive Sports Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. The Expo includes sports and leisure activities such as water-skiing, sailing, kayaking, aquatics, wheelchair basketball,tandem biking, tennis and an accessible climbing wall.

Professionally trained facilitators and athletes with disabilities will provide demonstrations and instruct participants in a variety of recreational and sporting activities in a non-competitive environment.

Attendees will be exposed to a variety of local service agencies, vendors and groups involved with recreational opportunities through an informational exposition, which takes place in conjunction with planned sports activities.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at Alico Arena. The event is free and prior experience is not required.

For more information about the event contact the Office of Adaptive Services at (239) 590-7956 or rmcgahee@fgcu.edu.



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