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Sportable returns to play after COVID shutdown

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:24:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Sportable officially returned to play on Tuesday, offering in-person, outdoor programming for the first time since March.

The adaptive sports club is geared toward people with physical disabilities and had been holding virtual programming during the pandemic.

They planned to hold a recreational cycling program on the Capital Trail on Wednesday.

It's just one of their outdoor programs they said they would offer over the summer -- in order to limit contact. Other programs expected to be offered in the summer included tennis, outdoor yoga, and health and wellness instruction.

Sportable said extra precautions and safety measures would be taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 -- like taking temperatures - enhanced cleaning procedures -- and pre-screening for all athletes.

"We deal with a lot of athletes that have compromised immune systems," Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director, said. "So a lot of our athletes have had very little social interaction over the course of the last two or three months. So I think that makes a return to programming and a return to normalcy even more important for the folks that we serve. I think it`s a really important step that we`re taking."

People can register for programs or make a donation to help Sportable rework their programs in response to the coronavirus health crisis.