Dr. Chan Woong Park, an associate professor at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, borrowed wheelchair athletics chairs from NDAD for a class in late February to give students in his adaptive physical education program a participatory perspective from the point of view of someone with a disability.
The students used chairs to participating in several gymnasium activities.
“We had four stations today,” said student Bostin Svihovec as he and friend Zach Sollom returned the chairs via pickup to NDAD. “One of them was badminton, one of them was relay races. Tennis. And then we played basketball. …
"It was to see what it was like to use a wheelchair and how you could adapt sports. Using a wheelchair is definitely something a lot of people have not done… where you’re playing sports. I think a lot of them were getting tired. They realized how difficult it was.”
In a thank-you message to NDAD Chief Program Officer Leslie Stastny, Park wrote, “My students enjoyed all the activities and we could not have done this without your help and NDAD.
"I have informed my students about your organization and hopefully, more people will know about all the wonderful service you and your organization provide for the community.”