The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday aimed at creating an expanded citywide sports program inclusive of people with physical disabilities.

The motion was introduced by Councilmen Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell on March 22.

“There’s a need to increase adaptive sports access and services available citywide and identify opportunities to expand physical access of these recreational programs. This program expansion gives that critical assistance that is needed to ensure accessibility for all,” O’Farrell said before the vote. “This offers Angelenos of all age ranges greater access to sports and recreational programming that can keep people healthy throughout their lives.”

Following the City Council’s vote Wednesday, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department on Disability will develop a citywide adaptive sports program. The departments will also issue recommendations for physical accessibility infrastructure improvements for existing facilities or those in development.

“This motion put forth will continue our work in improving our facilities’ infrastructure, ensuring our park system is accessible and provides an opportunity to create possibilities for a brighter future to every Angeleno. We look forward to partnering with the Department on Disability on our goal to increase participation in our adaptive sports programs,” Recreation and Parks General Manager Mike Shull said after the motion was introduced.

The motion also instructs the two departments to work with accessibility advocates in Los Angeles and across the United States on how to improve service delivery for adaptive sports citywide.

Los Angeles’ PlayLA youth sports program, launched in November with support from the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, includes an adaptive sports program. In 2022-23, its programming for youth with physical disabilities will include sitting volleyball, para equestrian, adaptive swimming, para surfing, wheelchair basketball, adaptive skateboarding, goalball, adaptive athletics, wheelchair tennis and para canoe. Officials are considering including judo, archery, boccia, tee ball and climbing.

“Athletes with all abilities should have a place to train, learn and play. The regional team that is based in the Los Angeles area is excited to learn that they will have access to fields to develop the sport of amputee soccer,” said Dr. Eric Lamberg, president of the American Amputee Soccer Association and Head Coach of the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team.

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