Press Release – Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival
September 28, 2021 News, Noteworthy, SCI, Sponsorship, Upcoming Events


All-inclusive event brings the community together with recreational activities

PASADENA, CA— Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, in partnership with the City of Pasadena, hosts the 3rd annual Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival featuring more than ten adaptive recreational sporting events that are open to the general public with free participation on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Brookside Park.

The adaptive sports include hand cycling, wheelchair rugby, pickle ball, beep baseball, tennis, boccia, basketball, archery, and more. Additionally, the event will feature a creative art section and resource fair.

The purpose of this free Adaptive Sports Festival is to introduce the community to adaptive sports, provide learning opportunities to the general public, and to showcase members of the community with disabilities in a way that the general public does not often see. The festival brings everyone together, of all abilities—able body and disabled alike—to take part in a day of fun activities and games, building a more inclusive community.

"The City of Pasadena is excited to partner with Triumph Foundation, which has been serving the disabled community of Southern California for over a decade,” said Ali Everett, Accessibility Issues Coordinator for the City of Pasadena. “This is the third of what we hope will be many Pasadena-based events promoting accessible and inclusive sports and fitness opportunities."

“In 2019 the event attracted close to a thousand participants and really made an impact on everyone who attended. We are so thankful for our partnership with the City of Pasadena,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “Events like this give people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhances their quality of life through the benefit of exercise, sports and fitness.”

"The City of Pasadena is a passionate supporter of the ADA, and the Arroyo Seco is a perfect venue for the Adaptive Sports Festival. The community loves it," said Cy Estabrook, a member of the Pasadena Disability and Accessibility Commission. Mr. Estabrook, a local Pasadena math teacher, who sustained a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall accident that left him paralyzed in 2016.

"After my injury three years ago, I thought I would never be an athlete again. But through Triumph Foundation’s adaptive recreation program I have continued my passion for tennis, baseball, cycling, and even learned to play rugby! I love having a Triumph athletic event to my hometown of Pasadena."

Join Triumph Foundation on November 20th for this one-of-a-kind event.

Triumph is also seeking community partners and volunteers to help support this event. For more information email [email protected].

Media Alert

Adaptive Sports Festival

Saturday, November 20, 2021

WHAT: The 3rd Annual Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival, a free sporting event open to the public that features more than ten adaptive recreational activities, including hand cycling, wheelchair rugby, basketball, pickle ball, beep baseball, tennis, boccia, boxing, and more.

WHO: Triumph Foundation—a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities—in partnership with the City of Pasadena, hosts this free, all- inclusive Festival that is open to people of all abilities in the community.

WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 9AM to 4PM

WHERE: Brookside Park 360 N. Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

HOW: Participants can sign up here: Volunteer can sign up here:

Arrange your press coverage with Andrew Skinner, Triumph Foundation Email: [email protected]; Phone: (661) 803-3700

About Triumph Foundation

Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury or disorders to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. Triumph provides critical assistance services to people that become paralyzed through its Newly Injured Support, Grants & Equipment, and Adaptive Recreation programs.

Founded in 2008, the organization has touched the lives of over 8,000 individuals with disabilities, provided $600,000 in assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance and financial hardship, delivered over 2,000 Care Baskets to people who are newly paralyzed that are filled with resources and educational materials, performed 20 home and bathroom remodels for wheelchair accessibility, leads 15 support groups, donated 10 adapted vehicles to people who did not have the means to purchase one on their own, holds over 18 adaptive recreational events annually, and regularly visits 22 area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Southern California.

Among many accolades, in 2018 Triumph Foundation was chosen as California’s Nonprofit of the Year by Cal Nonprofits.

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