While Utah is considered a recreational mecca, did you know that over 300,000 Utahns are living with a disability and that 85% of these individuals report receiving insufficient physical activity? Finances are one barrier to engagement in adaptive recreation, as the cost associated with the specialized equipment and professional instruction needed to participate can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports seeks to break down these barriers by providing affordable and accessible recreational, educational, and social opportunities for children, adults, and veterans with adaptive needs. One student who continues to benefit from WAS participation is Ramona. After being diagnosed with MS twenty years ago, Ramona eventually was not able to lift her toes off the ground as she had before. Looking for a way to get outside, she discovered WAS. Through cycling with WAS, Ramona is able to exercise and enjoy the fresh air, just like the she had before she was diagnosed. WAS captured her in action in the video below. Ramona shares “[WAS programs] helps your body and your soul and your spirit, it’s just wonderful!”