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A Quality of Life Grant has helped Penn State create an "Ability Athletics" program empowering those living with physical disabilities.
Now in its 12th year, the program offers year-round sports training to people of all ages with disabilities, said director Teri Jordan.
They include Thomas, who is able to walk but likes to play recreational wheelchair basketball.
Jordan, the former Penn State women’s track and field coach, trains athletes five days per week with activities such as running, weight lifting, swimming, biking and playing basketball.
Whether they’re training for the 2012 Paralympics, which will be held in London, or just playing recreation-ally, Jordan said she coaches them just like any other athlete.
“I expect them to be on time and self-disciplined,” Jordan said. “And when you expect a lot, you get a lot.”
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