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 Enrichment 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 Enrichment may be present at an event.
Upcoming Teen Recreation Events – Registration Below
Teen Tee Off | Saturday, Nov. 7 | 10 a.m. -12 p.m. | Top Golf | 908 N 102nd St. | $10 reservation fee
Golf in November? Yes! Join us at Omaha’s new climate controlled indoor golf facility. Work one-on-one with golf enthusiasts to learn the basics in private golf bays. Register below by October 23.
Rock Wall Climbing | Saturday, December 12 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Approach Climbing Gym | 4923 S 72nd St | $10 reservation fee
Come get your climb on an indoor rock wall. Out adaptive sports team will be there to coach you from one peg to the next. We can’t wait to see you make it to the top! Register below by November 30.
Teen Graduate Lunch | Saturday December 12 | 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant | 4915 S 72nd St | No cost
Taco ‘bout a reason to celebrate! We’re so proud of the members or our teen recreation group that have graduated high school and moved on to the next part of their journey. Come catch up with friends, Outlook staff and the adaptive sports specialist that couldn’t be more excited to eat tacos and hear what you’ve been up to! Register below by October 23.
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
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