HCC staff take on Wild Wheels

January 25, 2013

Nancy Bazanchuk, director of CHD Disability Resources, buckles up STRIVE program director Joan Giovannini.Prof. Vanessa Martinez plays wheelchair soccer in the Bartley Center.

HCC staff and faculty members strapped themselves into wheelchairs this week for a pickup game of wheelchair soccer. The game,. played in the Bartley Center gym, culminated a day of professional workshops Wednesday, Jan. 23, that focused on disability services at HCC and how to incorporate universal design into curriculum and programming. 

Under the direction of STRIVE Learning Specialist Denise Roy, STRIVE staff practiced their wheelchair soccer skills and competed in a wheelchair soccer competition against the Wild Wheels team from CHD Disability Resources in Springfield. The CHD program is run by HCC alum Nancy Bazanchuk, '95, who also serves as coach for the Wild Wheels. STRIVE competitors included Roy, Denise Salgado, Joan Giovannini and Nancy Nelkin. HCC team colleagues included Academic Counselor Mary O'Connor and Anthropology professor Vanessa Martinez.

Photos: (Left) CHD Disability Resources director Nancy Bazanchuk helps strap in STRIVE director Joan Giovannini. (Right) Anthropology professor Vanessa Martinez passes the ball during a game of wheelchair soccer in the Bartley gym.


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