Adaptive Sports Expo

Adaptive Sports Expo 

UT Southwestern Medical Center is proud to sponsor the inaugural UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports EXPO, to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of UT Arlington.

This FREE event is designed to increase awareness of adaptive sports and promote an active, healthy, and engaged lifestyle. People of all ages and ability levels are invited to attend. 

Event Schedule

Click to view a larger version or download the Schedule of Events (PDF).

Panel Discussions

  • Expert Panel Speakers. Emceed by Jason Petrasic, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Medicine at UT Southwestern
  • Meet the Athletes. Hear from current adaptive sports athletes – including medal-winning Paralympians – and have the opportunity to ask questions about adaptive sports. The Athlete Panel will include:
    • Rose Hollermann – 2-time Paralympian (2016 Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Basketball)
    • Taylor Lipsett – 2-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and 11-time US National Sled Hockey Team Member
    • Darlene Hunter – 2-time Paralympian (2016 Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Basketball)
    • Tyler Garner – First place, RedMan Half-ironman challenge
    • Fabian Romo – USA U23 National Team Wheelchair Basketball
    • Alejandro Pabon – USA National Team – Quad Rugby
    • Daniel Velasquez – USA National Junior Team Track and Field
    • Jermell Pennie – Paralympian in Wheelchair Basketball
    • Abby Dunkin – Paralympian (2016 Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Basketball)
  • Meet Your Medical Support. Hear from health care providers, including sports medicine specialists, musculoskeletal specialists, and psychologists who are involved in adaptive sports, and ask questions about adaptive sports and health. The Health Professional Panel will include:
    • Jason Smith, Ph.D.  Rehabilitation Psychologist, UT Southwestern (Event Director)
    • Lindsay Ramey, M.D.  Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, UT Southwestern (Event Manager)
    • Shane Miller, M.D.  Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and UT Southwestern
    • Brittani Cunningham, PT, DPT, CIDN, ATC, LAT  Physical Therapy Manager, EXOS
    • Leslie Gray, M.Ed., CPO, LPO, FAAOP, Prosthetic-Orthotics, UT Southwestern

    In addition, many local organizations will be onsite with information to help people get involved AND stay involved after the event.

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    How to Register

    The UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports EXPO is free.

    An RSVP is appreciated but not necessary. You may RSVP here or on our Facebook event page.

    Volunteer Updates

    Thank you to all of the volunteers that have signed up. We will send out a reminder email 1 week prior to the event. Because of the wonderful support we have received from the community, all of our volunteer spots are full for this event. However, we encourage all interested individuals to come to the event to support adaptive sports, learn more about adaptive sports and learn how they can volunteer for events in the future.

    Sponsorship, Donations, and Sports Demonstrations

    The deadline for event sponsorship has passed. Donations are very much appreciated and can be made here. If you work for an adaptive sports group that would like to have a booth or provide a demonstration at the event, please us.


    For any questions about the event, please us.  

    Meet the EXPO Organizers

    The Adaptive Sports EXPO is brought to you by the UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports Coalition, a group of volunteers from various organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with a shared interest in adaptive sports. Members of the Coalition acknowledge the multiple health and psychological benefits of adaptive sports participation and hope to make adaptive sports opportunities more accessible to everyone.

    Jason Smith, Ph.D. – Event Director and Rehabilitation Psychologist

    As a rehabilitation psychologist, I am interested in adaptive sports because of the impact it has on one’s quality of life and overall well-being. I am a strong believer in physical activity and exercise as medicine. Psychological health and wellness are some of the greatest benefits of sports and physical activity, because regular participation improves mood and reduces anxiety. Finally, adaptive sports are an excellent way to engage in the community, socialize and simply have fun with folks with similar interests.

    Lindsay Ramey, M.D. – Event Manager and Sports Medicine Physician  

    I am a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and sports medicine specialist. I currently practice at the main UT Southwestern campus in Dallas and will be opening a specialized sports & musculoskeletal clinic in Las Colinas. As a former modern dancer and a current endurance runner, I understand how important sports and exercise can be for physical and mental health. As a type 1 diabetic, I also understand what it feels like to be restricted by your medical condition, especially when it comes to sports and exercise. I truly believe “if you have a body, you are an athlete” and my goal in the field of sports medicine and in this coalition is to empower individuals of all abilities, skill levels and interest to find their inner athlete. By doing so we can improve the health and quality of life of all members within our community.

    Shane Miller, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Sports Medicine Physician

    I am a pediatric sports medicine physician at Scottish Rite Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. The benefits of sports participation are numerous and include physical, psychosocial and health-related benefits which positively impact lives. As a sports medicine physician, I encourage exercise and physical activity for everyone. Adaptive sports opens the world of sports participation to a population that routinely overcomes challenges in their daily lives and benefit greatly from their participation, while demonstrating their incredible athletic talents. My goal for being involved in this coalition is to introduce new opportunities to those who may not be aware of what opportunities exist in the community for them.

    Jason Petrasic, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Musculoskeletal Physician

    I am a board certified physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist working in both Ft. Worth and Dallas with a special interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine. DFW holds a special place in my heart having grown up and trained largely in this area. My training uniquely suits me for addressing the medical needs of adaptive sports athletes. Dr. [Kathleen] Bell and I recognized last year it was unusual that nobody seemed to be focusing on the care of the local and regional adaptive sports community which also seemed to be very loosely organized, and primarily run by a handful of very dedicated individuals with somewhat limited resources. We knew that there was some way we could help bridge the gap between the broader DFW community and those patients unaware of adaptive sports opportunities with the close knit adaptive sports community and the many services and companies that cater to this community. Dr. Bell’s addition of some key new faculty members with strong similar interests gave us the network and physical manpower to bring this vision to life in our new adaptive sports coalition (ASC). One of our first initiatives was the bright idea of Dr. Jason Smith, and that was to plan an adaptive sports expo which could bring our efforts to light, and kick start the effort to really bring the community at-large (current and potential athletes, families, organizations, medical services and providers, educators, and interested community members) together. I am excited about our momentum and enthusiasm, and the potential for what we can accomplish by serving as the hub for this endeavor.

    Robert Rinaldi, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Specialist in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Robert Rinaldi, M.D., is division chief of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Children’s Health. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Rinaldi completed a residency in general pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Rinaldi’s clinical interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury management, torticollis management, musculoskeletal disorders in children, and rehabilitation in neuromuscular disorders. His research interests include rehabilitation management of brachial plexus injuries. Dr. Rinaldi has served on numerous national committees, including the Pediatric Subcommittee of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As a lifelong athlete himself, he has held belief in the benefit of physical activity and sport in children with disabilities. He sees the Expo as an opportunity to facilitate this belief and as yet another way to influence lifelong health for children.

Thanks to our UTSW Adaptive Sports Coalition members

Special thanks to some of our UTSW Adaptive Sports Coalition members who helped make this event possible  Darlene Hunter; Doug Garner; Ron Davis; Dana Dempsey; Robert Rinaldi, M.D.; Kathleen Bell, M.D.; Nicholas Fey, Ph.D.; (and many others!)


University of Texas Arlington, UTA Movin’ Mavs, UTA Lady Movin’ Mavs, UTA Adaptive Athletics Sports Club, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Children’s Health, Project Invest, Southlake Medical Supplies, Exos, Texas Regional Paralympic Sports, SWAA

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Ayita Wheelchair Dance, Fencing Institute of Texas, North Texas Equestrian Center, US Equestrian, US Para-Equestrian Association, Camp Craig Allen, Dallas Sled Stars, Pickle’s Custom Golf, Para Table Tennis, Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, Lady Mavericks Wheelchair Basketball Association, Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavericks


Title Sponsor: UT Southwestern

Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors:

  • Aspen Ride
  • REACT Neuro-Rehab
  • Scott Sabolich Prosthetics
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • VRD Products, Inc.