We want to introduce tweens and teens who are blind and visually impaired how to scuba dive, zip-line and ski. We want to introduce them to paddle boarding, swinging a golf club and catching their first fish. We want them to play Goalball, whether competitively or recreationally. Who says they can’t or shouldn’t do any of those activities? Not us, because we know that sometimes, only a simple adaptation of equipment or instruction is required for participation.
Physical activity is important for everyone, especially kids. Studies have shown that blind children are less physically active than their peers. So once a month we offer visually impaired young people an opportunity to get up and get moving through youth recreational adventures and summer camps. It’s our goal to not just keep visually impaired youth fit, but also help strengthen their self-confidence, social group, life skills and sense of belonging.
The activities are lead by adaptive sports specialists with the goal of exposing teens to the kind of play that helps them overcome barriers they might face while introducing them to peers who understand visual challenges. Sometimes parents and families are invited to join in the fun. A nominal, non-refundable registration fee is charged when you reserve a spot.
Some of our past recreational events included roller skating, trampolining, ice skating and rock wall climbing. Those who attended summer camp enjoyed outdoor fun like archery, canoeing and fishing.
Outlook Nebraska is lucky to collaborate with UNO Kinesiology students to provide one-on-one support for teens during activities.
All participants need to complete Image and Audio Consent and Medical & Liability Release Forms. It is possible that news media or other media outlets not affiliated with Outlook Nebraska may be present at an event.
Upcoming Teen Recreation Events – Registration Below
July 11 | Fishing at Halleck Park | 600 E Halleck St, Papillion
Fishing around for something to do? Meet us at the lake and learn to bait a hook with a worm and cast your line. Then hold on tight and wait for a bite! Register by June 26. $10 reservation fee. (Fishing licenses are required for participants 16 yrs and older. The last 4 digits of SSN are needed in order for Outlook Enrichment to purchase these for participants or you have the option of purchasing your own.)
August 15 | Tandem Bike Ride | Outlook Nebraska back lot | 4125 S 72nd St
Come pedal with a partner on a tandem down the Keystone Trail. Feel the fresh air in your hair and beat the heat with an ice cream treat at Culver's. Register by July 31.
September 12 | Nature Hike | Fontenelle Forest | 1111 Bellevue Blvd, North Bellevue
Grab your spot on the tether and let's get together for a hike at Fontenelle Forest. Explore nature on the wide open, tree covered trails. Register by August 28.
We want our events to be fun, but it’s also so important that we stay safe. Our adaptive sports specialists have put a lot of thought into making sure these events are both accessible and in line with today’s COVID-19 related safety measures. For upcoming events we will adapt as follows:
- Masks will be available for volunteers and participants
- Social distancing
- Hand sanitizer
- Meeting in smaller groups or at staggered time slots
- Sanitizing equipment before use and between uses
For planning purposes, we will require participants to register for these events by the deadlines listed. However, you will not be charged the $10 registration fee until closer to the event date incase COVID-19 poses any threat to the safety of our participants or volunteers.
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