City of Burbank Launches Wheelchair Rugby Program
Burbank, CA (November 16, 2022) – On Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with Triumph Foundation, invites you and your family to take part in welcoming Wheelchair Rugby to the City of Burbank. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place at the McCambridge Recreation Center gym, located at 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504.
The Triumph Foundation, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, will introduce attendees to the world of wheelchair rugby and the value that adaptive sports bring to the community.
"The City of Burbank is excited to partner with Triumph Foundation to offer this fun and exciting opportunity to our community,” said Marisa Garcia, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Director for the City of Burbank. “Wheelchair rugby is the first of what will be many Burbank-based drop-in play opportunities that will promote accessible and inclusive sports."
“Burbank’s Wheelchair Rugby commencement celebration will make an impact on everyone who attends. We are so thankful for our partnership with the City of Burbank,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner, who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “Events like this give people with disabilities an opportunity to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level-playing ground, and enhances quality of life through exercise, sports, and fitness.”
The objectives of providing wheelchair rugby goes beyond the physical play activities on the court. The Parks and Recreation Department aims to contribute to the mental wellness and self-esteem of individuals with disabilities. This adaptive drop-in sports program will allow participants to feel a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among teammates and find a sense of purpose through sport.
The Parks and Recreation Department will offer wheelchair rugby as an ongoing drop-in sport. Wheelchair rugby drop-in play will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays at McCambridge Recreation Center Gym. More information on drop-in sports can be found at www.burbankca.gov/drop-in-sports or by calling 818-238-5300.
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Burbank is a diverse community of 106,800 residents. Billed as the “Media Capital of the World”, numerous media and entertainment companies are headquartered in Burbank including Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Netflix Animation, and Cartoon Network Studios. With the Hollywood Burbank Airport located within the City, Burbank is a go-to destination for business and tourism. Additionally, Burbank is known for its walkable and safe neighborhoods, well-run school district, and “small town” charm.