Student Shares Experience at JMU Disabled Sports Showcase

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG --James Madison University hosted a disability sports showcase. It gave people the chance to experience six different adapted sports.

Senior Katie Chapman is a health sciences major at JMU. She said the event can really open your eyes.

"I think it's a really great opportunity to let everyone know they can be an athlete. You don't have to be the top of everything. You don't have to know all the rules. Like everyone can be an athlete and be athletic in their own way," said Chapman.

Chapman said the disability sports showcase makes people think of sports differently, mainly in wheelchair basketball.

"You're sitting there in this chair, and you think you know to use a wheel chair. But then someone comes in front of you and you have to dodge them real fast. Then you don't realize you're gonna keep going in the direction you're going. So you try avoid them but you keep going in a circle," said Chapman.

The event featured six different sports. Chapman said, her experience was crazy for beep baseball.

"I've never done it before but you have this big old softball and you pull the thing out and it starts beeping so you know where it is so you can hit it. And then you have these two bases and the bases start beeping. So you have all this beeping going on because you are blindfolded if you are the one doing it," said Chapman.

The community and student involvement was bigger this year than the past four years. Chapman thinks everyone should at least try the sports.

"One of the best ways to keep your brain healthy is to do something with people. And that's the one best advice to keeping your brain healthy," said Chapman.

JMU will round out the rest of the week with other events as a part of their disability week.

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