Emilson Y basketball courts and fitness floor reopen June 15

Physical activity — vital for our health and wellness — can be a challenge for individuals with physical disabilities and mobility impairments. The South Shore YMCA Adaptive Sports, Exercise & Recreational programs ensure all Y members have the opportunity to belong, participate, play, and have fun.

Stephen Kuketz was left blind in one eye and became a paraplegic after a car accident in 1991. After joining the South Shore YMCA Partnership Program, Steve was introduced to the Paramobile Golf Cart and is now playing golf internationally.

Adaptive Programs at South Shore YMCA

Bob Lobel South Shore YMCA Partnership Program at Quincy Y

Partnership Program (Exercise)

The Partnership Program is an adaptive, recreational, non-clinical fitness program designed for individuals with physical disabilities to more fully enjoy all that the Y has to offer. Training partners assist participants with exercise to improve or maintain physical conditioning with specialized, adaptive exercise equipment and one-to-one exercise assistance. The Partnership Program is available as a free service to South Shore YMCA members.

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Wheelchair Tennis

Throughout the year, the South Shore YMCA hosts FREE Wheelchair Tennis Clinics for all ages with South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation at our Emilson YMCA indoor tennis courts. Learn wheelchair tennis in a fun and supportive environment at your level. Contact Sr. Tennis Director, Bob Carroll, for more information at bcarroll@ssymca.org

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Adaptive Aquatics Partnership Program (Emilson YMCA, Hanover)

This volunteer-led program pairs caring, qualified volunteers with Y members who have physical disabilities and require assistance to safely enjoy our pools and aquatics programs. Contact Bill McCormick at bmccormick@ssymca.org for details.

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Para Golf

Adaptive Golf Practice & Clinics | MPGA GOLF (Hale Family YMCA - Quincy)

Join the Massachusetts Para-Golfers Association (MPGA) at the South Shore YMCA’s Hale Family YMCA (Quincy) branch for Adaptive Golf Practice and Clinics. Free for members and fun for all! For information contact Steve Kuketz at skuketz@ssymca.org

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An Adaptive Overnight Camp Experience Comes to Life

South Shore YMCA Camp Burgess for boys on Cape Cod partnered with our friends at Spaulding Adaptive Sports Center to create an overnight camp experience that could be shared by three brothers of the Flanagan family. One of the brothers is living with Cerebral Palsy, yet was able to enjoy all the things his brothers enjoyed, including swimming, canoeing, recreational activities, ziplining and, most importantly, beating fellow campers at wheelchair basketball. Thanks to the support of our community partners and donors, adaptive programs like this are possible.

Support Adaptive Programming at the South Shore YMCA

Our Adaptive Programs are available to our members at no additional cost thanks to the generosity of our donors. Your donations can help expand these programs and ensure they are accessible to all through financial assistance and program development.