No Barriers:  A Publication of Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

May 2019

In This Issue...

  1. Tennis for People of ALL Abilities
  2. Messages from Founder & Exec Director
  3. SportsAbility Sampler at Family Cafe
  4. Big Kahuna

Tennis for People of ALL Abilities

Wheelchair tennis was invented in the United States in 1976 when 18-year-old Brad Parks lost the use of his legs after a tragic accident. He discovered the rehabilitative qualities of playing tennis in his wheelchair and began to teach others the sport through training clinics. Enthusiasm for the sport took the West Coast by storm, and eventually led to global popularity.  More

Information for People with a Spinal Cord Injury:
English / Spanish

Information for People with a Brain Injury:
English / Spanish

photo of David C. JonesFounder's Message: Springtime!!

David Jones

Springtime in Florida is fabulous.  We just held our 29th annual SportsAbility event and over 1,200 people of all abilities enjoyed another perfect weather weekend.  Family, friends, volunteers, and professionals participated in the numerous recreation and leisure activities that were provided.  More


Laurie LoRe-GussakExecutive Director's Message: Alike or Different?

Laurie LoRe-Gussak, MBA, CAE, IOM

The time is now for thinking more about what we have in common rather than our differences. The constant barrage of negative stories can be overwhelming. To be honest, I’m tired. You may ask, what does that have to do with sports and recreation?

SCUBA at Family CafeSportsAbility Sampler at the Family Cafe in Orlando - June 7-9, 2019

Join the fun for adaptive recreation, education sessions on all types of topics and networking. This program has become the largest disability conference in the United States! Some of the activities you may experience are:

  • Gatorland Animal Show
  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Archery
  • Hoverball


4th Annual Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge - September 22nd!

Enter your organization in Tallahassee’s Voyager Canoe Race to support Florida Disabled Outdoors Association & SportsAbility! Get your friends together for a teams of 10-14 Paddlers in Giant Voyageur Canoe. Teams have two opportunities to race 400 yards against the clock. The 2 fastest will compete head to head to be BIG KAHUNA! We can even find a team to paddle for you! No experience necessary and it will be FUN!! More

Save the date for SportsAbility Tallahassee - April 2-4, 2020!

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