BORP News and Updates | March 2023

 BORP logo in black, a stylized drawing of person in a moving wheelchair plus the words BORP adaptive sports and recreation.

Image: BORP logo in black, a stylized drawing of person in a moving wheelchair plus the words BORP adaptive sports and recreation.

In This Issue: Letter from Rick Smith | Cycling | Access NorCal | Fitness | Team Sports | Adventures & Outings | New Faces at BORP | Revolution Ride 2023| Kayaking | BORP Covid-19 Guidelines | Social Media Links Mission Statement | Office Address

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From the Desk of Rick Smith, Executive Director

 21st annual BORP Revolution ride, roll and stroll. Saturday, May 13, 2023. Santa Rosa, CA. Fun, fundraising and more. Learn more and register at BORP.org.

BORP has always seen itself as part of the larger, historic movement for disability rights. This weekend

we received the very sad news that we lost one our strongest and most effective champions with the

passing of Judy Heumann. For more on Judy’s extraordinary life and accomplishments see this New York Times obituary, and this memorial shared by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund


Judy's work was revolutionary, and BORP’s signature event was named to commemorate that struggle, honor the wins, and acknowledge that there is still much to be done. It’s hard to believe this will be BORP’s 21st consecutive REV. And, once again the day-long event will be back in the wine country – back at the Hyatt in Santa Rosa with a post ride festival with great food, drink, and presentation of the “Revolutionary” award.


After the challenges of Covid, BORP is back to its full program menu, highlighted by a handful of recent tournaments for our basketball, power soccer, and rugby teams. So much of BORP’s program success is due to the REV and all the financial support that it generates. It has been an extraordinary source of annual funding, made possible by BORP’s phenomenal community of supporters and volunteers. As many of you know, we have transitioned the event from Fall to Spring to avoid the health risks associated with California’s wildfire season.


Once again, there are several options for participation including riding, strolling, and rolling at the live event on May 13th or participating virtually. Mark your calendars and plan to be with us on the REV's 21st birthday. To sign up for the REV go to Borp.org and click on the link for rider and volunteer options, or click here to go straight to the event website.


Final note: go check out the Adaptive Mobility Fair presented by Hanger Clinic in Walnut Creek on May 5th. It's a day of education, support and encouragement focussing on increased mobility, strength and support for people of all ages with orthotics and prosthetics. Click here to RSVP. The event is free, but RSVP's are required.

Image reads:  21st annual BORP Revolution ride, roll and stroll. Saturday, May 13, 2023. Santa Rosa, CA. Fun, fundraising and more. Learn more and register at BORP.org. 

Cycling

NOTE: Adaptive Cycling Center is

CLOSED March 13 - 24 due to road work.



Ongoing construction will cause the Center to be closed the 2nd and 3rd week of March. There will be an open trench the length of Bolivar Street, blocking accessible parking and any accessible route to the cycling center. We will be answering emails during this time.


Two Electric Assist Trike Donations in January!

We are extremely appreciative for being able to offer these two great new options to our riders.



Thank you, Muriel Parenteau for your unceasing effort and financial support for the new Raleigh upright E - trike.

 

Thank you, Taylor Lee for the donation of a newer model E - Ice trike in honor of Alyssa Jeswald Lee.

Black Model E Ice Trike with orange flag.
 A white, upright, Raleigh electric trike is parked in the Adaptive Cycling Center yard.

Up-coming Group Rides:

Friday, March 31, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Cycle to/from: Albany Bulb.  Difficulty: Moderate.  Distance: 5-mile loop

Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Cycle to/from: Rosie the Riveter. Difficulty: Advanced. Distance: 15-mile loop

Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Berkeley Marina. Difficulty: Very easy. Distance: 3-mile loop

Friday, June 16, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Cycle to/from: Yerba Buena/Treasure Island. Difficulty: Very advanced. Distance: 16-mile loop 11-3pm

Image 1 Black Model E Ice Trike with orange flag.

Image 2: A white, upright, Raleigh electric trike is parked in the Adaptive Cycling Center yard.

Adaptive Cycling Center Hours:

Closed March 13th to 24th

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays | Rain or Shine

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

By appointment only. Contact cycling@borp.org 510-848-2930 to ride.

The BORP Adaptive Cycling Center is located at 80 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley

Access Northern California

 Several wheelchair riders with a dog on the beach look out at the Golden Gate bridge. Their wheelchairs sit atop a small flatbed with tractor wheels that allowed them to easily ride on the sand.

Beach Day at Chrissy Field



On a picture-perfect day in February, eight BORP participants attended a beach propeller gathering at Crissy Field that was organized and hosted by Zach Pine of Create with Nature.

 

Two Central CA organizations, Nature Track and Positive Ride, provided Freedom Trax all-terrain attachments for manual wheelchairs that enabled beach access. Almost everyone that used the adapted devices commented that it was their first time to be able to play and cruise on the beach since becoming disabled. The joyous hoots and hollers could be heard throughout the day. A video of the day can be seen here.


To find out about future events where you can try the Freedom Trax go to the NatureTrack website. These events primarily take place on the Central CA Coast.


Thanks to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for their support!

Image: Several wheelchair riders with a dog on the beach look out at the Golden Gate bridge. Their wheelchairs sit atop a small flatbed with tractor wheels that allowed them to easily ride on the sand.

Fitness

Image reads Bollywood Dance Fusion Inclusive Class on a violet background with ornamental Mehndi shapes and a figure dancing

Fitness Highlight:

Bollywood Dance Fusion Class

March 20 at 11:30am 


We are thrilled to have the Bollywood class return to the studio! Taught by Kiran Easwarachandran, MSS, R-DMT, LCSW, Bollywood Dance Fusion™ is a healing movement modality with one simple idea, that if you move to music that inspires you, and connect with your body in a joyful meaningful way, you will be well on your way to health and healing, wellness and recovery. Learn more and register here.


We also have some great options at our fitness studio at the Ed Roberts Campus! Get info and sign up here for in-person classes or click here for virtual class info.

Woman with boxing pads faces fan in a wheelchair with boxing gloves on throwing a punch.

What's Going On at the Fitness Studio?



Did you know we have boxing gear at the fitness studio?


Alex and his mom have been sparring during Open Gym and loving it! Join us during open gym, check out the equipment and bring someone to box with. It's a fun workout and a great way to relieve tension.

 

Open Gym is twice a week at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley: Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday 12-12:45 p.m. Register here!

Top Image reads Bollywood Dance Fusion Inclusive Class on a violet background with ornamental Mehndi shapes and a figure dancing. Image 2: Woman with boxing pads faces fan in a wheelchair with boxing gloves on throwing a punch.

Team Sports

Two BORP Shockers team members in a gym, in Power Soccer chairs defending against a Duck's player in a Power Soccer chair trying to make a shot.

Power Soccer


On February 25, Power Soccer athletes from around the Bay Area competed in the BORP Bash Invitational Power Soccer Tournament. These were the first home games of the season for BORP's teams, The Shockers (conference) and Bombers (non-conference), and the Bombers’ first tournament of the season.


The Golden State Ducks, a new team based in San Francisco now part or the regional Power Soccer community, made their debut in the tournament. Even one player down, the Ducks more than held their own. We are excited to welcome them into the BORP family and to engage in further friendly competition!


The Bombers lost 3-6 against the Ducks, then 1-2 against Sacramento Republic Academy, but displayed great teamwork and fighting spirit throughout their games. The Shockers also lost both of their games, 1-2 against the Ducks and 1-3 against the San Jose Flash, but remain undeterred after delivering great performances in gameplay despite the losses. After their two victories against BORP, the Golden State Ducks lost 1-3 against Sacramento Republic, using the momentum from previous games to hold a considerable defense and score a goal.


The BORP Shockers are also organizing a team for the BORP Revolution Ride, Roll and Stroll, planning a combined “power soccer” team with members of the Bombers and the Ducks. We thank our supporters in advance for their dedication and generosity and look forward to working alongside the other Revolution teams to make the event successful! If you’d like to learn more, visit the official Shockers Instagram page with the account name of @borp_shockers. We will post updates there as we organize for the event!

--Rian Dindzans, power soccer athlete

Image: Two BORP Shockers team members in a gym, in Power Soccer chairs defending against a Duck's player in a Power Soccer chair trying to make a shot.

Road Warriors team shot with trophies, reads Back-to-Back West Coast Conference Champions.

Jr. Road Warriors

West Coast Conference Champions!


The Jr. Road Warriors defeated the Rancho Halos in the Championship Game of the West Coast Conference Championship Tournament in Ogden, Utah for back-to-back championships.


The Jr. Road Warriors battled back from a tough loss to the Rancho Halos (Los Angeles) to start the tournament where they had more turnovers than points.

This put the team in a tougher position to advance back into the finals. The team won the next two games easily, with wins over Portland and Parasport Spokane, but more importantly they got back on track and built their confidence heading into the semifinals.

Jr. Jr. Road Warrior taking a shot surrounded by opposing team.

The semifinal game was possibly the best game of the tournament. The Jr. Road Warriors faced the host team, the Utah Rush. The Rush are a big, fast, team that likes to press and push the pace of the game. The Jr. Road Warriors came out composed and played an incredible team game. Every time we would start to pull away, the Rush would reel us back in. This challenged our composure, and the kids rose to the challenge. Down the stretch the Rush were forced to take chances. They were able to get back-to-back turnovers, but could not capitalize. The Jr. Road Warriors extended the lead from the line and secured their spot in the Championship Game and a rematch with the Rancho Halos.


The Jr Road Warriors followed the game plan perfectly. They isolated the leading scorer and tried to deny her from getting down the court and we were able to jump their main outside shooter. Although the game stayed close at the beginning, we were able to consistently pull away and defeated the Halos to repeat as West Coast Conference Champions.

Four Jr. Road Warriors with their trophies.

Four players (Braulio Noriega, Zach Nazareno, Thomas Giovanola, and Brandon Louie) received WCC Academic Awards, and Braulio was named to the All-Tournament Team and Brandon was named Tournament MVP. The best part about this tournament was how the team battled back from a terrible opening game. Instead of getting mad, pouting, or complaining, they became more connected and worked harder for each other, improving each game. They learned.


On another note, congratulations go out to Avery Dauer, one of our two graduating seniors this season. Avery has been accepted at the University of Arizona where he will join his former teammates, Ben Thornton, Garnet Silver-Hall, and Ella Rodriguez.

Image 1: Road Warriors team shot with trophies, reads Back-to-Back West Coast Conference Champions. Image 2: Jr. Road Warrior taking a shot surrounded by opposing team. Image 3: Four Jr. Road Warriors with their trophies.

Photo credits: David Louie

Adventures & Outings

Upcoming A&O Events

For all A&O events call or email Lori Gray to confirm your attendance.

lori@borp.org 510-843-4389

Space is limited at all A&O events. Please be sure to sign up early and, if you find you are unable to attend, let us know as soon as possible so that another interested participant has a chance to join the fun. Email Lori for the complete calendar.


Virtual Zoom: Rancho Corral de Tierra - March 16, 3:00 PM; Sign-up by March 14

Join Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff via Zoom for a virtual tour to learn more about Rancho Corral de Tierra. At nearly 4,000 acres, Rancho Corral de Tierra is one of the largest undeveloped sections of land on the San Mateo Peninsula.

Support our partners in adaptive rock-climbing, ParaCliffHangers and Queer Crush, by being part of their Para Normal Night Out fundraising event, March 25th.


It's a 12-hour Climbathon at Pacific Pipe in Oakland. Funds support an inclusive rock-climbing community. Click here for more information.

Image reads: Para Normal Night Out March 25, 2023

New Faces at BORP

Volunteer Christi Adaline holds a set of foot pedals for a kayak, one pedal has a heel hook and larger platform, the other is small with a toe strap.

Meet Christi, our Amazing Intern


I'm completing my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University and I chose BORP as my internship. For my capstone project, I’m gathering information on all-terrain wheelchairs and adaptive equipment that facilitates increased access to a variety of outdoor terrains (like the Freedom Trax, and the adaptive foot pedals for kayaks). I’m also advocating to decrease the barriers for people with mobility disabilities to access nature. Technology can't be the sole solution for increasing accessibility in nature, information about the accessibility of trails also needs to continue to be improved.


I have found that it opens more possibilities to accessing the outdoors to provide both adaptive equipment and accessibility trail signage. The information I have gathered will be shared on a website to increase awareness and educate people on accessibility in nature. 

Andrew Page with a black hat on.

New Director of Development Andrew Page

I am thrilled to be BORP’s new Director of Development. I’m looking forward to lifting up all the wonderful, necessary, human-to-human work, sport, and recreation that happens here. Contact me anytime: andrew@borp.org. I look forward to seeing you all at the Rev!

Image 1: Volunteer Christi Adaline at the Adaptive Cycling Center holds a set of foot pedals for a kayak, one pedal has a heel hook and larger platform, the other is small with a toe strap. Image 2. Andrew Page with a black hat on.

2023 REVOLUTION RIDE

21st annual BORP Revolution Ride Roll and Stroll logo.
A rider on a handcycle crests a hill, followed by a bicycle rider and a recumbent biker.

Register Today!

The Revolution is just a couple of months away. This is a truly wonderful event in the beautiful wine country and it’s also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our success absolutely depends on your participation. If you need support to participate, we've got you covered, with adaptive cycles, support riders, roll and stroll routes, as well as virtual participation options, plus tons of great volunteering opportunities and a huge party to celebrate. Sign up now.


For this fundraising event, all participants commit to raising funds that support BORP's programs. To register or find out more, visit our REV event site here. 

 We look forward to your being a part of the 2023 Revolution.

 

For folks who would like to support the event by volunteering, we have many volunteer opportunities available to choose from. Click here to learn more.

Image 1 reads: 21st Annual BORP Revolution Ride, Roll and Stroll.

Image 2: A rider on a handcycle crests a hill, followed by a bicycle rider and a recumbent biker.

Kayaking

Adaptive Kayaking in Berkeley

This past month, we hosted volunteers to help improve and develop adaptive kayaking gear. We're grateful to You Li, Youhua Jin, and Youqing Lin from California College of the Arts for prototyping enlarged and improved foot pegs for greater access and stability. We're also very grateful to dedicated volunteer Christi Adaline for her work adapting a set of our pedal kayak pedals!


There's more pre-season prep work to do, if you'd like to get involved or learn more, Click here for details on volunteering or contact Mia at: kayak@borp.org.

BORP Covid-19 Guidelines

Reminder: To keep up to date on the latest protocols from BORP around masking, vaccination requirements, and more, please visit borp.org/covid-guidelinesBORP has pandemic-related safety protocols (masking and vaccination requirements) for indoor and outdoor activities, the Adventures & Outings program, and the Adaptive Cycling Center for all individuals aged 5 years and older.

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Image: BORP logo in black, a stylized drawing of person in a moving wheelchair plus the words BORP adaptive sports and recreation

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sports, fitness and recreation programs. www.borp.org 

Image: BORP logo in black, a stylized drawing of person in a moving wheelchair plus the words BORP adaptive sports and recreation

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