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Adaptive Sports, Inclusivity Lesson Come To Fairley Elementary

Fairley Elementary School students received a lesson in inclusivity as Move Along Inc. showcased the athletic opportunities available for community members with mobility limitations.

Hannibal sixth grader Chloe Joyce and Move Along founder Greg Callen meet with Fairley Elementary students to discuss mobility limitations and adaptive opportunities available to community members.
Hannibal sixth grader Chloe Joyce and Move Along founder Greg Callen meet with Fairley Elementary students to discuss mobility limitations and adaptive opportunities available to community members.

Move Along Inc. founder Greg Callen was on hand to share his story and discuss the challenges he has encountered and been able to overcome through perseverance and hard work.

Despite sustaining a spinal cord injury, Callen refused to give up doing the things he enjoyed as an able-bodied person.

That determination prompted him to explore adaptive sports.

“For 29 years of my life I played sports. I had learned so much about life through sports and coaches,” Callen said. “I didn’t want those opportunities to go away.”

Those opportunities didn’t disappear for Callen, as he joined several sports teams and founded Move Along Inc. to provide inclusive adaptive sport and recreation options for people with disabilities.

Colton Simpson gives hand cycling a shot during a recent Move Along Inc. visit to Fairley Elementary School.
Colton Simpson gives hand cycling a shot during a recent Move Along Inc. visit to Fairley Elementary School.

Those sports were in focus during a daylong workshop for Hannibal students who were introduced to a variety of physical fitness activities such as wheelchair basketball, hand cycling and sled hockey.

“Everyone has a challenge in life,” Callen said. “We all fall, but we get back up.”

That message resonated with the students and they were eager to test their abilities while gaining a better understanding of adaptive sports opportunities available.