Two triathletes who are amputees will lead a mobility clinic Saturday at the University of Arizona as part of an outreach effort to people with disabilities who would like to be more active.
The clinic is open to all ages, and will give participants the opportunity to try running, walking and wheelchair sports.
The event is produced by Hanger Clinic along with the UA’s adaptive athletics department and will focus on educating amputees on how to safely participate in physical activity .
“For kids and adults, once they have an amputation they don’t get back to life,” said Mallory Lemons, with Hanger . “We want to show them they can.”
Triathletes Amy Dodson and Allysa Seely will provide insight on how to run with prosthetic limbs during the morning sessions at the UA Mall.
The second half will focus on wheelchair sports. It will be led by the UA women’s wheelchair basketball team and will take place in the UA recreation center.
“I like to tell people just because you’ve been injured doesn’t mean you’re any less of an athlete,” said Peter Hughes, head coach of the wheelchair team.
The UA has had 27 athletes participate in the Paralympics in 40 years.
The adaptive athletics department aims to share that success through outreach programs including members of Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports who will also be at Saturday’s clinic.
Although the clinic is only in its first year, representatives at Hanger hope that it will provide for further events .
“We want to get our foot in the door and have camps that bring more opportunity to those in the disabled community of the Tucson and Southern Arizona area,” Lemons said.
Those who participate in Saturday’s clinic will have their registration fee waived for the Jim Click Run N’ Roll on Sunday . The event at the UA Mall and raises money for the adaptive athletics program at the university.