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PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND CASA COLINA’S 16TH ANNUAL LAND MEETS SEA SPORTS CAMP

POMONA, Calif. (July 21, 2010)
– For more than 25 years, the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has provided therapeutic outdoor experiences to thousands of people with disabilities. In continuing its efforts, Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures is pleased to present the 16th annual Land Meets Sea Sports Camp, August 10-13, 2010 in Long Beach.

Land Meets Sea Sports Camp introduces adaptive water, land, recreation and competitive sports. People with varying abilities will have the opportunity to participate in numerous sports activities including kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, outrigger canoeing, wall climbing, hand cycling, swimming, martial arts, fitness & strength training, karate, yoga, sailing, deep sea fishing and an introduction to SCUBA. Wheelchair sports include fencing, softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, hockey, quad rugby, and wheelchair mobility training. First time campers can try new sports while those returning can participate in activities that that they have enjoyed for many years.

The camp also includes a one-day “Kid’s Kamp” for children with disabilities ages four and older on Wednesday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp includes a range of outdoor activities from crafts to sandcastle building and sailing. Kid’s Kamp provides an opportunity for children to be introduced to a variety of activities that encourages participation in the overall camp now and in the future.

The Outdoor Adventures staff is comprised of Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists with Wilderness First Responder Certification along with trained volunteers ensuring the highest level of safety for all participants.

One of the most unique aspects of the camp is the diversity of people who attend. Last year, the camp had participants 7-57 years of age with a wide range of abilities. Beginners as well as those with experience are made to feel welcome and capable as they try challenging sports and recreational activities while taking advantage of the educational Resource Fair.

Since 1985, Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has focused on abilities and not disabilities to enable its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. This program utilizes nature to create unique opportunities where people with disabilities can enjoy a sense of community, gain self-confidence and share new experiences with people of all abilities.

“Land Meets Sea for me was personally life changing. I felt empowered and able and for a few days “normal” again. Outdoor Adventures allowed me the ability not only to forget about my limitations but to rise above them,” said Jennifer Gardner, a camp participant.

The fee for the four-day camp is $415 which includes participation in all events, lunches, goodie bag, and a t-shirt. The fee for Kid’s Kamp is $115 for the day and includes camp activities, t-shirt, snack and lunch. A special luau dinner will be held on Thursday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. and costs $15 per person.

For more information about attending the camp or if you would like to request a complete schedule of activities, please call Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures office at (909) 596-7733, Ext 2200.

Camp sponsors include AMed Healthcare, Long Beach Parks Recreation & Marine, Kawasaki Motor Corp. Inc., Long Beach International Sea Festival, Colours, Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club, Toyota, PADI, Mobility Works, Western Allied Corporation and the United States Sailing Center.

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About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation began in 1936 in Chino under the leadership of its founder Frances Eleanor “Mother” Smith and neighboring physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children afflicted with polio. In the late 1950s when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in Pomona where children could be care for by experienced medical professionals. In 1960, the new hospital was completed and after the introduction of the polio vaccine, Casa Colina refocused its medical and physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities. In recent years, it has rebuilt and renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to include a state of the art rehabilitation hospital, outpatient center, transitional living center, children’s center, adult day health care, imaging, surgery center and other specialized services. For more information, please visit www.casacolina.org.

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