The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a camp at Turkey Thicket Rec Center in Brookland that offers children with disabilities a summer to remember.
For the past five summers, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and the District are offering Wheels in Motion, a free week-long summer camp.
“It teaches kids that you can still be active in a wheelchair,” said Joan Joyce of MedStar.
“We see children in the hospital and they think there’s nothing they can do, or adults,” she said. “They think, oh no, I’ve had a spinal cord injury or this has happened to me, I’ll never be able to do what I love again.”
But that is not the case. The kids try to hit baseball and round the bases. They are allowed to use special sports wheelchairs to move faster.
“I really like it because before I had this camp I didn’t really do much in the summer and I just sat at home bored and wished I could go to a sports camp like my sisters did, so it was really nice when it started,” said camper Hannah Diamond.
“They come here and they say, ‘Wow, look. Everyone is like me. And so they chase each other all day and play tag just like ordinary kids, which is great,” Joyce said.