Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports - Mary Free BedEnrich your life with the sense of camaraderie, competition and accomplishment that comes with athletic activity. Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program offers you a variety of co-ed, competitive teams and clinics designed for patients and community members with limited mobility and other physical impairments.

Participating in sports and other recreation programs isn’t just good for your physical healing. There are social and psychological advantages to incorporating athletic and leisure activities into your life, as well. Feel the exhilaration that comes at the height of physical competition, or experience the solitude and stillness that comes from challenging your body and mind. Mary Free Bed’s wheelchair and adaptive sports programs and recreation events help you find the rush you’re looking for.

Click to download the summer 2016 RecConnect newsletter to read more about individual programs and clinics, including schedules and prices.

You may also find a schedule of events via the Mary Free Bed event calendar.

Teams, Programs and Clinics

Volunteering for Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Do you love sports? Are you a student looking for volunteer opportunities? Want to be a part of something that enriches others’ lives? We’re always looking for great volunteers, like you!

Many wheelchair and adaptive sports clinics and teams need volunteers to help with a variety of activities, from coaching and teaching, to greeting, registration, event planning, event set-up and tear-down, player and equipment assistance, food service and material creation. Contact the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program to learn more.

Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Advisory Committee

Our Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Advisory Committee helps us by providing ideas and insights into how our programs can enhance people’s lives. The committee meets twice per year and includes wheelchair athletes, community members and Mary Free Bed employees.

Current committee members include:

• Curt Bender
• Maria Besta
• Pat Besta
• Deb Brewer
• Jocelyn Dettloff
• Cathy Glonek
• Lee Montgomery
• Laura Puff
• Jeremy Sorensen
• Tyler VanHaitsma

Bikes for the Rest of Us

Mary Free Bed’s annual event, Bikes for the Rest of Us, gives you the chance to explore the world of adaptive cycling. We’ll match you up with a therapist who can evaluate your individual needs and determine what adaptations will enable you to pedal alongside your friends.

Click to see photos from the 2016 Bikes for the Rest of Us.

Fifth Third River Bank Run

Each year, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Guild sponsors the 25K Wheelchair and Handcycle Divisions of the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2016 event! Click here to see photos.


Contact Us

Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports
235 Wealthy SE | Grand Rapids, MI