American Coaching Team to Provide Sports Training for People with Disabilities

The National Ability Center (NAC) in partnership with the Redemptorist Foundation of Thailand for People with Disabilities will conduct two week-long sports trainings in adaptive sports for youth with disabilities in the cities of Chiang Mai and Nong Khai, Thailand. The project, “Developing Potential and Transforming Perceptions: An International Sports Project for Individuals with Disabilities” (DPTP), is funded by the U.S. Department of State and is being carried out with the full support of the US Embassy in Bangkok and the Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

A U.S.-based multi-sports skills training team will travel to Thailand to conduct two six-day training programs for coaches and youth with disabilities from February 9-22, 2015 in the sports of wheelchair basketball, swimming, field games, archery and table tennis for people with disabilities. The opening ceremony will take place Tuesday, February 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Khon Kaen University Campus Stadium in Nong Khai.

In July 2015, a group of Thai coaches and people with disabilities will travel to the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah for two weeks of adaptive sports training and cultural activities supported through the U.S. Embassy grant.

The impact of Project DPTP will lead to a change in attitude within Chiang Mai and Nong Khai toward individuals with disabilities, expanding community awareness of the potential of persons with disabilities that will enable them to become fully active in community life.

ABOUT the National Ability Center – The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the largest facilities in the country to provide recreational and sports opportunities to individuals of all abilities. Each year, the National Ability Center provides thousands of lessons in programs including skiing, horseback riding, cycling and archery. For more information,