AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn university is teaming up with the city of Auburn for a first time event dedicated to growing opportunities for athletes interested in wheelchair and other adapted sports.
The Auburn University Adapted Sports Program has partnered with the City of Auburn's Boykin Community Center to offer a community-wide Adapted Sports Expo on Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The free, public event allows people of all ages, with or without disabilities, to participate in adapted sports including wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball and wheelchair tennis.
"This is an opportunity for the Auburn and Opelika communities to experience adapted sports," said Jared Rehm, adapted sports specialist at Auburn University. "The idea is to share with people some of the sports and equipment that exist, so that the community can take advantage of the opportunities for people with disabilities. Only a small group of people around the area knows that adapted sports exists and even fewer know that Auburn University has a program. We are trying to raise awareness and find others we can help."
Rehm, won a colligate national championship in wheelchair basketball, before coming to AU.
He also coaches and plays on Auburn's team. His dream is to grow it into a student-athlete scholarship program, so AU can compete for colligate championships.