MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Wheels Across Montana program will host the second annual Adaptive Recreation Clinic on Tuesday, July 11, at McCormick Park in Missoula. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will provide Montanans living with disabilities the opportunity to access adaptive cycles and other adaptive recreation equipment.
Wheels Across Montana is a health promotion program administered by UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities that promotes physical activity, physical and mental health, and quality of life for Montanans living with a variety of disabilities. The program, launched in 2016 through a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, achieves this through the selection, purchase and distribution of adaptive bikes and trikes in Missoula, Dillon, Billings and Fort Peck and by working with select community partners to assure creative outreach and all-inclusive recreational programs.
“The Southwestern Montana Family YMCA is proud to offer our residents with disabilities this awesome opportunity and we are so happy to be a selected site,” said Todd Rouse, CEO and fitness director of the Southwestern Montana Family YMCA. “The collaboration with Wheels Across Montana is a perfect fit and aligns with our mission in Beaverhead and Madison counties. Several of our residents have expressed their gratitude and feel the program is helping them physically and should benefit many others now and in the future.”
The Adaptive Recreation Clinic is sponsored by Missoula Outdoor Recreation & Education, Summit Independent Living Center, Invacare, Missoula Parks & Recreation, Norco, Free Cycles, Partners in Home Care, New Directions Wellness Center, MonTECH, Bicycle Hangar and Community Medical Center.
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information visit https://www.christopherreeve.org/about-us.
UM’s Rural Institute improves the quality of life for people with disabilities in rural communities, their families and service providers. For more information visit http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/ or call 406-243-5467. For information specific to the Wheels Across Montana program, call Mindy Renfro, Rural Institute research scientist, at 406-243-2203.