The D.C. Division of Parks and Recreation holds a camp on the Turkey Thicket Rec Middle in Brookland that offers youngsters with disabilities a summer time to recollect.
For the previous 5 summers, MedStar Nationwide Rehabilitation Hospital and the District supply Wheels in Movement, a free, week-long summer time camp.
“It’s educating youngsters that despite the fact that you’re in a wheelchair you may nonetheless be lively,” mentioned Joan Joyce of MedStar.
“We see youngsters within the hospital, and so they suppose they’ll’t do something, or adults,” she mentioned. “They suppose, Oh no, I had a spinal wire damage or I had this occur, I’m by no means gonna be capable of do what I really like once more.”
However that’s not the case. The children strive batting baseballs and rounding the bases. They get to make use of particular sports activities wheelchairs to go quicker.
“I actually prefer it, as a result of earlier than I had this camp, I didn’t actually do a lot throughout the summer time and I might simply type of sit at residence bored wishing I might go to a sports activities camp like my sisters did, so it was very nice when it began,” camper Hannah Diamond mentioned.
“They arrive right here and so they’re like, Wow, look. Everyone’s like me. And so all day lengthy they’re chasing one another, and taking part in tag, identical to on a regular basis youngsters, which is superior,” Joyce mentioned.