The entire community is invited to come learn about adaptive sports and try sled hockey with a Paralympic athlete or adaptive tennis with a tennis pro! There will be demos and many opportunities to play.
Event is free and open to people of all ages, with and without disabilities!
If you know a child or adult, including a military veteran, who might benefit from competitive or recreational adaptive sports, this is a great day - and a casual, safe way - to check it out.
Metro First Responders will also be offering a CPR Class!
Come meet 2018 Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medalists Rico Roman and Kevin McKee!
About Rico Roman
Roman is a retired Army Staff Sergeant that had his left leg amputated above the knee when wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving his third tour in Iraq in February of 2007. Roman, a Purple Heart recipient, was introduced to sled hockey in 2008 by Operation Comfort, an organization dedicated to assisting injured U.S. service personnel at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 2009, he joined his first major league hockey team and has been hooked ever since. In addition to sled hockey, Operation Comfort introduced Roman to hand cycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair football. Within a year of his amputation, Roman completed two bike marathons and rode 150 miles in a day to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. He made his debut on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in 2011 and went on to secure a spot on his first Paralympic Team in 2014.
In 2018, he was a member of the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medal team.
About Kevin McKee
McKee is a versatile athlete, having played tennis as a senior in high school and wheelchair basketball in college...He was born with a congenital disorder of the spine called caudal regression syndrome. His Paralympic calling, however, came in the sport of sled hockey. McKee started with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) sled hockey club team in 2000. He made his debut with the U.S. Sled Hockey National Team during the 2010-11 season and was a member of the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medal team in 2018.
Play tennis with pro coaches Mya Smith-Dennis and Rod Morasch!
About Mya Smith-Dennis
Smith-Dennis is the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the USTA Northern division. Smith-Dennis played tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where he was a four-time All-American and was the 2012 NCAA Division III Finalist in men’s doubles. He also won the NCAA Division III Central Region Championship in
singles that year. After graduating from Gustavus in 2014 with a degree in communications and a minor in management, Smith-Dennis was an assistant coach for the men’s tennis team there for a year and was a supervisor and instructor for GAC’s world-renowned Tennis and Life Camps during the summer months for three years.
About Rod Morasch
Rod has been the tennis coach and professional at Capital Racquet and Fitness in Bismarck for many years. During that time, he has kindly supported the Dreams in Motion tennis program and worked with our adaptive sports athletes to instill in them a love for the game - always making sure they had a great time while learning. We could not be more grateful to Rod for his dedication to Dreams and Motion!