The University of Central Florida is sponsoring its first Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp for Marines from the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Quantico, Va.
During the eight-day camp, which started Tuesday, about 100 Marines will participate in clinics and competitions in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center is hosting the camp as part of its continuing its commitment to offer an inclusive environment for people of all abilities. The regiment provides non-medical assistance to wounded, ill or injured Marines and sailors as well as their families, during the troops’ transition from military to civilian life.
The camp is being held at the RWC’s Multipurpose Activities Court or MAC Gym.
The wheelchair basketball sessions will end with a scrimmage game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, against the Orlando Magic’s professional wheelchair team, the Magic Wheels. The game is open to the public.
Sitting volleyball is a Paralympics sport in which the participants sit to play The sessions include free clinics for UCF students of all abilities at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.
(The RWC will host its first Sitting Volleyball Tournament after the camp on Sept. 22. Students can register at rec.ucf.edu.)
The UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center will have representatives on hand during this week’s events. UCF Athletics also donated 100 tickets to the Marines to attend UCF’s home football opener on Saturday, Sept.15 against Florida International University.