Quinnipiac to host overnight camp for children with limb loss

Quinnipiac is set to host Camp No Limits, an overnight camp for children and adolescents with limb loss or differences and their families, July 13-16, on its York Hill Campus.

Camp No Limits, supported by the M&T Bank Foundation and Hartford Healthcare, aims to increase the functional independence of children living with limb loss or differences. About 16 campers and their families will experience a network of support through adaptive recreational activities and life skills programs. These events will be led by physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists, Quinnipiac students and faculty, and teen and adult mentors with limb loss or differences.

On July 14, a field day with relay and team games will take place from 2:45-5:45 p.m. During this time, campers and staff members will learn about scholastic sports rule modifications that pertain to playing sports with prosthetics. The event will also feature an adapted car.

Each day will start with “energizer” activities from 9-10 a.m. followed by life skills programs. Sports at the camp will include sled hockey and wheelchair basketball.

In 2015, Quinnipiac became the first and only institution of higher education in the country to host Camp No Limits. The 2020 camp was held virtually and there was no camp in 2021 because of the unfortunate pandemic.

“This camp holds a special place in my heart as a faculty adviser who supports the Quinnipiac student-led activities,” said Valerie Strange, clinical associate professor of occupational therapy. “This is a community of achievers who know no limits.”

Camp participants will develop self-confidence, achieve personal goals and form enduring friendships. They also will participate in recreational programs available to children with limb loss or differences and gain knowledge of the latest prosthetic options.

Camp No Limits was founded in 2004 by Mary Leighton, an occupational therapist from Maine. The camp began with four children. Today, there are nine locations nationwide, serving hundreds of families. In addition to Connecticut, Camp No Limits is offered in Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

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