Expanding disability inclusion & adaptive recreation at Dreamfar

Staff listening to former paralympian Cheri BlauwetDreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) partners with PYD in its Inclusive Fitness for Youth Initiative.  Funded by The Boston Foundation, PYD’s Inclusive Fitness for Youth Initiative seeks to empower fitness and recreation organizations to engage more youth with disabilities through capacity building activities. Partners in this initiative have included Boston Ballet, Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley, Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, West Surburban YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of South Boston, and McKinley South End Academy.

As DHSM strives to become a more inclusive organization, they have worked with PYD to learn basic disability inclusion strategies and inclusive marketing. The latest in this series of workshops was an Adaptive Running workshop hosted by Spalding Adaptive Sports Program.

Demonstrating adaptive running techniquesThe highlight of the workshop was getting to learn from two former Paralympians, Cheri Blauwet and Joe Walsh. According to Jamie Chaloff, Director of DHSM “What an honor and a privilege it was to have such distinguished and accomplished athletes give up part of their day to help DREAMFAR grow and learn.”

About Dreamfar: Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) turns the road into the classroom. They challenge high school students to reach their full potential through hard work, perseverance and commitment. DHSM focuses on integrity, realistic goal-setting, teamwork, and the importance of a healthy mind and body. They see the marathon course as a way to strengthen our students’ physical, emotional and mental fortitude, and encourage them to see this as one of many trails they will blaze.

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