It’s been about a month since my last blog post, but it has been filled with lots of great activities. From adaptive water expos at Lions Beach on Lake Moultrie to the 5th annual Shots With A Spin wheelchair basketball tournament, we definitely know how to stay active here in the Lowcountry!
Adaptive Water Expo
Dewitt Floyd water skiing on Lake Moultrie. Photo: Laird Nelson Photography
The first of two adaptive water expos were held in June. Several people with disabilities hung out on the sand and surf to enjoy relaxing in the sun, swimming, kayaking and water skiing. Dewitt Floyd enjoyed being one of the first to hop on the skis.
The physical therapy students from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) volunteer at this event every summer to help participants get fitted for skis and provide assistance while in the water. Achieving Wheelchair Equality, Adaptive Expeditions, Anchors Away, Floyd Brace Company and Roper Rehabilitation Hospital are among the organizations that help make these events possible.
Shots With A Spin
Physical therapy students playing wheelchair basketball at MUSC Shots With A Spin
For the 5th year, the MUSC physical therapy students organize a wheelchair basketball tournament as a fundraiser benefitting Achieving Wheelchair Equality. The twist on this event is that able-bodied people are playing in wheelchairs.
Near the end of the event, the North Charleston Hurricanes played an exhibition game against the Spartanburg Pistons. These teams compete in the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Association and they have athletes ranging in disability including amputees and spinal cord injury.
North Charleston Hurricanes v. Spartanburg Pistons at MUSC Shots With A Spin
Marka Danielle, a ballet dancer with a spinal cord injury, also performed a dance routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SzIfqPTJV0v.
As you can see, there is always something to do here in the Charleston area. I’m glad these opportunities exist which allow us to live beyond our disabilities!