National Disability Employment Awareness Month - Sitting Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 23
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pratt Gym, SMC Campus Center

Join the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services and URecFit for a fun evening of disability awareness, sitting volleyball, and giveaways!

Sitting Volleyball Countdown

About the Event

For the first time, URecFit and the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS), both in the Division of Campus Life Services, are partnering to bring the UMB campus an inclusive recreation activity.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn to play 6-on-6 sitting volleyball, a form of volleyball for athletes with a disability. No previous knowledge of the sport is necessary. Staff will be available to assist you in playing.

Since the event is close to Halloween, players are encouraged to wear comfortable costumes, but they’re not required. Neither is event registration. Just show up ready to play.

Come and earn Poe Cup points and check off an activity for the URecFit decathlon and have great time while doing it!

What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month?

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about employment issues for people living with disabilities, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

For more information on the services UMB offers, please visit the the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services.

What is Sitting Volleyball?

Sitting volleyball (sometimes known as Paralympic volleyball), is volleyball for athletes with disabilities, entered the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport for amputees in 1976 in Toronto Canada and played as a medal sport thereafter.* 

Who Can Play?

Club Sitting Volleyball can be played by anyone, and Club Tournaments are open to all individuals and skill levels. The young, the old, men, women, girls, boys, people with and without disabilities are welcome to play. In fact, by eliminating jumping, which can be adversely affected by disability or age, Sitting Volleyball puts all players on a level playing field and brings disabled and able-bodied individuals together to play an enjoyable sport without limiting anyone’s abilities.

In order to be a member of the US National Sitting Volleyball Team or to qualify for Sitting Volleyball in the Paralympics, athletes must have a physical disability that limits their ability to play the game of Volleyball as we know it: standing up. This typically includes athletes who are affected by amputation (of the arm or leg), major knee tears, polio, knee or hip replacements, or any major muscle loss.