Adapted Sports & Recreation

No Limitations

From sailing to cycling and golf to gardening, the HHH Adapted Sports & Recreation Program is a four-season initiative serving individuals with a range of abilities, interests, and skills. Leisure opportunities are an important component of an active and healthy lifestyle, fostering rehabilitation, recovery, and camaraderie, and the Adapted Sports & Rec Program is dedicated to offering a range of recreational and competitive events. The program reaches out to current and former patients, as well as individuals living in the community who may be interested in trying out a new activity or resuming a sport or activity they may have enjoyed prior to acquiring a disability. Prior experience is not required to participate in any activity. All activities are supervised by experienced staff, including recreational and physical therapists, taking into account individual needs and abilities.

Adaptive equipment is available and used as necessary for all activities. One element that has contributed to the program’s success is the partnerships it has with numerous sports-related organizations. The hospital’s clinical expertise in working with individuals with disabilities, combined with the organization’s expertise in a particular sport, creates a unique blend of knowledge and skill.

The Program is open to individuals with all types of disabilities, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, cardiac conditions, and orthopedic and neurological disorders. Pre-registration is required for all programs and events. During any sponsored event, any adaptive equipment that is needed will be supplied. Participants are also welcome to bring their own equipment. The hospital also offers an adaptive equipment loaner program and will provide assistance in helping individuals obtain funding for their own personal equipment.

For additional information, please contact Adapted Sports & Recreation Coordinator Peter Gagliardo at or 845-786-4950.

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Sports & Recreation Offerings


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The Adapted Sports and Recreation Program at HHH is a four-season program that provides access to and education about adaptive sports and recreation activities for individuals of a wide range of abilities. The program is open to both former patients of the hospital as well as individuals with disabilities within the community. Adapted activities offered during the year include gardening, handcycling, skiing, rowing, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, softball, basketball, yoga, therapeutic horseback riding, and more. All activities are held in the New York Metropolitan region.

For more information about adapted sports and recreation activities at HHH, including event times and locations, or for additional information about the Program, please visit our calendar and/or contact Adapted Sports & Recreation Coordinator Peter Gagliardo at or 845-786-4950.


Upcoming Events 

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"After I left the rehab hospital, it was hard to find other disabled athletes or even other disabled people to socialize with. The Adapted Sports Program helps disabled athletes network and engage with other like-minded individuals."  

For more information, please contact the
Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports & Recreation Department : 

1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4950