June 19, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF First Cycle Clinic recently returned to upstate South Carolina with another adaptive cycling clinic for those facing physical or mobility challenges. The event was sponsored by Advanced Prosthetics, Nabtesco-Proteor and Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances and offered the participants, volunteers and their families the chance to try out a number of different adaptive bikes and cycles on the bike paths of Camp Spearhead in Marietta, SC. First Cycle was made possible with partnerships with Roger C. Peace Rehab and Heather’s Ride, two local supplier of adaptive cycling in the greater Greenville area.
“This was an awesome experience. First weekend bike clinic that I have found in the area. Volunteers were great and plenty of smiles from participants, including me! I would like a longer ride experience” Alex Rupprecht, Participant
“Great opportunity to try adaptive cycling and meet and make friends. Camp Spearhead is set just out of town and in the foothills. I learned the difference between a recumbent and upright cycling” Peter Ferris, Advanced Prosthetics
“I learned how badly I need to exercise! The different bike styles are unique and useful to explore” Andre Williard, Participant
OPAF will return to the Greenville area this fall with a First Swim Training and Clinic on Saturday, October 20, sponsored in part by Shriners Hospital for Children.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.