November 1, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – The MSOP students of UT Southwestern recently hosted a First Kick and a First Swim Clinic at Bachman Therapeutic Recreation Center in Dallas. First Kick, an introduction to amputee soccer was led by US Amputee Soccer Team members, Craig Till and Robert Maldy and assisted by the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team. Attendees and participants were given a quick course in amputee soccer, played on crutches and put through a series of soccer skills and drills including some competitive play.
First Swim, led by two time World Champion Mabio Costa invited participants into the pool to work on balance, floating and swim skills. Mabio was assisted by Bob Welty with US Masters Swim program who works regularly with amputees in the Dallas area. Several of the Haitian soccer team members joined us in the pool. “It was good to have the Haiti team intermix with the volunteers” said event organizer Cammie McAuliffe.
“The event was great. Glad to introduce the Haitian Mens National amputee team to learn how to swim and to be able to teach others about soccer’ offered Haitian coach, Matthew Paul.
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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.