All People’s Life Center
Newsletter: January 2022
As a signature program of Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, the mission of Hillsborough County
Adaptive Sports program is to promote health, independence and personal growth through sports for people
with physical disabilities.
Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports provides year-round sports and recreation programs that promote
physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and recreational and competitive sports opportunities for area children
and adults with physical disabilities.
★ We have over 300 athletes participate in at least one program or event each year
★ We offer ongoing programs for athletes at all levels, from recreational to competitive elite, in multiple
sports such as wheelchair basketball, track and field, tennis, swimming, and archery
Interested in participating in HC Adaptive Sports? Complete this form.
For additional information, email Mary Cales or call (813) 416-0467.
ATHLETES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Momo was born in Xi’an China. She was taken to an orphanage when she was 8
weeks (about 2 months) old. I met Momo when she was 16 weeks (about 3 and
a half months) old and knew immediately that we were destined to be together.
While her dad was working in China I was volunteering in her orphanage. Momo
came to live with us for a few days a week when she was 9 months old and was
allowed to live with us all the time when she was 22 months (about 2 years) old.
Her adoption however was not completed until after her 3rd birthday. We moved
back to the United States in July 2010.
Momo was missing her right hand and forearm, upon arriving in the US we
contacted the orthopedic doctor to find out what her diagnosis was and why her
arm was amputated. Momo was born without her arm because of amniotic band
syndrome. The doctors suggested swimming as an activity to keep Momo strong
on both sides of her body. Typically, people with one arm use it for everyt