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Champs A-Team Vanderbilt Buddy Program

 

Champs A-Team Vanderbilt Athletic Buddy Program

Champs A-Team is an athlete buddy program through the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The buddy program pairs a child with a disability with a child without a disability to complete an endurance race, such as a triathlon or 5K run, using modifications if necessary. By working as a team, each child learns that winning is not at the end of the race, but in the journey getting there together.

Children complete the swim by being pulled in a raft by their buddy or swimming with a noodle. They complete the bike portion on an adaptive bike or pedaling a standard bike alongside their buddy. To complete the run portion, children can be pushed in a wheelchair or jogging stroller.  Special-needs athletes who are able can jog or walk any part of the course, including across the finish. Buddy teams are accompanied by an adult buddy throughout the race.

Program director

Kelley Newman is a pediatric physical therapist at Children’s Hospital. Contact Kelley at kelley.newman@vanderbilt.edu or (847) 373-4062.

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Last Edited: October 18, 2017
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