Ability360 announces youth adaptive clinics through October


Every year from March through October, Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center and Max in Motion host youth adaptive sports clinics.

This year’s clinics to introduce children 18 years and younger with physical and intellectual disabilities to wheelchair basketball, hockey, power soccer, wheelchair tennis, baseball and wheelchair rugby, run through Oct. 24 at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St.

The clinics, which feature two different sports, feature instruction from adaptive sports competitors and are scheduled one Saturday per month. Young athletes learn skills in the individual sports and try out specialty wheelchairs and equipment used in competition.

Lunch is served at every clinic. There is no charge, but registration is required at www.ability360.org.

“Seeing these young people experience sports they never thought they would ever be able to play is incredibly exciting and remarkably compelling,” Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center Vice President and General Manager Gus LaZear said in a prepared statement.

“The impact is not only on the kids, but on their parents and family. It’s a wonderful program.”

The program is named in memory of Max Shacknai, a young athlete who lost his life in July 2011.The schedule for the upcoming Max in Motion season is:

  • April 18: Power soccer and wheelchair basketball
  • May 16: Power soccer and wheelchair tennis
  • June 20: Power soccer and wheelchair golf
  • July 11: Power soccer and wheelchair softball
  • Aug. 15: Power soccer and wheelchair basketball
  • Sept. 19: Power soccer and wheelchair tennis
  • Oct. 24: Power soccer and wheelchair golf

During its first seven years, Max in Motion has awarded 9,000 scholarships to young athletes, enabling them to participate in competitive sports.

It has also established, with Ability360, the first wheelchair sports clinic program, which will lead to the formation of Max in Motion competitive leagues for disabled youth.

It’s expanded, in partnerships with Southern California Youth Soccer Organization, to the most underserved Latino communities throughout Southern California to create athletic and leadership opportunities for Latino youth.