Episode 12

The World of Adaptive Sports

Dave Wolf promises to try anything in his power to modify an activity so that his disabled athletes CAN DO IT. Wolf, a man with a story, is a disabled veteran who broke his back after falling from a five story building. He now works with disabled youth to get them involved with adaptive sports through cycling, skiing, wheelchair racing, and other sports to enhance these kids’ lives.

Wolf lives out his life as an inspiration. He now plays basketball for the Denver Nuggets Wheelchair basketball league and is a part of Adaptive Adventures, an organization that brings hope to disabled people throughout the US. Wolf says the athletes he works with inspire him and encourages others to get involved.

“I’ve seen kids that could not move hardly their arms at all, but the fierceness of trying to get it right just to hit a tennis ball… to see the smile on their face when they do it is just incredible. I think they are all inspiring. I am in awe of any child that is raised with a disability because the cards are stacked against them from the get-go.”

“If you have an opportunity to volunteer or participate or help with funding in any way with disabled kids or with disabled adults, do it. These are sports that really enhance people’s lives. If you were told you couldn’t do anything and then something was brought to you to show that you could, it would make a world of a difference in your life.”

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Aug 13 2014