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August 2022


Our Big Kahuna fundraiser is quickly approaching! Grab a team of 10-14 friends/coworkers/family members and get ready to race in a voyager style canoe on October 2 at Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. Everyone is invited and registration is open now! No experience is necessary to participate.

As a reminder, you can read this and previous newsletters in the E-News section of our website.

Executive Director's Message

SportsAbility is Back, Baby!!

We are so excited to announce that we will be back to a full SportsAbility in the spring with a few extras! The main dates for SportsAbility in Tallahassee are March 23-25, 2023. This will include:

  • March 23rd from 6-8 pm – Opening Ceremony, Baseball and Lawn Games at the Miracle Field at Messer Park
  • March 24th from 10AM -2PM – Resource EXPO and Numerous Indoor Sports (Tennis, Sit Volleyball, Target Sports to name a few) at Tallahassee Community College
  • March 25th – Outdoor Sports including Sit Water-skiing, Boat Rides, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Biking & More at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

The events are all free for participants thanks to our sponsors and grantors. We will be sending out more information on how organizations may participate in the Resource EXPO. Please check the website for continual updates in addition to our social media and emails.

We will also be holding SportsAbility Samplers around Florida. These will be events held in conjunction with our partners. Be on the lookout for more information.

Don’t forget our Virtual Reality (VR) SportsAbility Park. It is available 24 hours a day /7 days a week. We will also be holding special events inside the VR Park. For detailed videos on how to get started, visit

Stay well friends!

Laurie LoRe-Gussak
Executive Director, SportsAbility Alliance

Fodder from the Founder

July 26 was the day that the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. That was 1990. That was the same time that I started the FDOA, now SportsAbility Alliance, to enhance lives and to do the same thing as the ADA. That is most simply put is to provide the opportunity to participate in all aspects of life. We focus on recreation and active leisure to make a difference.

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) was created as a direct result of my own personal life-changing experience as a TBI survivor.  The three major lessons learned from the many challenges to a successful rehabilitation were also the inspiration to create an organized effort to affect the quality of life for many individuals, families and society.  The understanding and recognition of the value and the need for inclusion of people with disabilities into our communities is lesson one.  Secondly, the importance and role that active living plays in our lives, not only as a valuable rehabilitation tool, but also as a necessity of normal human development.  The third and most important lesson learned and why the FDOA exists today is the need and benefit of helping others.  

These major truths really define who we are and what we do.  These personal actualizations are what drive me and are the guiding principles of my leadership and life-long quest.  I have found much personal success and the FDOA will continue to succeed and grow with our organization’s culture of enthusiasm, dedication and determination.  We will continue to change the world by our path of health, happiness and productivity. 

Happy 32nd Anniversary to the ADA and to our SportsAbility Alliance.
Active Leisure for Life!

Stay well friends!

David Jones
Founder, SportsAbility Alliance


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Miracle Sports - Kickball

Join us for some in-person kickball at Miracle Field at Messer Park (Tallahassee). We play Thursday evenings from Sept 8 - Nov 17. At the end of the season, Florida State University (FSU) athletes come and play with the Miracle Sports Athletes. Everyone is welcome to play. No prior experience is necessary. All Ages & All Abilities!

Date(s): Thursdays, September 8 to November 17, 2022

Location: Miracle Field at Messer Park (Field #3 1158-1172 Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304)

SportsAbility Expo - experience recreation and active leisure

SportsAbility Expo

Location: Activities across Florida and online


Backwards Walking May Be More Helpful Than You Think

What is the most common cause of long-term disability amongst adults? Stroke (National Hospital Care Survey Demonstration Projects: Stroke Inpatient Hospitalizations, 2019). Backward walking activates more muscles in comparison to forward walking, targets knee flexion and helps to activate those muscles
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Information for People with a Spinal Cord Injury

Information for People with a Brain Injury

SportsAbility Alliance

(formerly Florida Disabled Outdoors Association)
3035 Eliza Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308

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