New Year, New Opportunities

How are your new year’s resolutions doing? The beginning of a new year is always a good time to look forward and to consider ways to improve ourselves. And while, more often than not, the promises we make to ourselves don’t make it out of January, there are still plenty of chances throughout the year to experience and try things we might not have been willing to do in years past.

Let’s make 2018 a year where new adventures are around every corner. Travel. Take a class. Pick up a new hobby. Make new friends. There are so many ways to expand our horizons. And SBANCA would like to be a part of those experiences.

Keep an eye on the SBANCA calendar for opportunities to join with others in the spina bifida community in fun, enlightening, even challenging activities. And if you have any ideas for future events, please share them with us.

Looking forward to a great 2018! Thank you for being a part of the SBANCA family!

Being Thankful

November is a good time for reflection. Before all the holiday bustle and activity that surrounds December, there’s an opportunity to look back at the year that has been, and to be appreciative for all the things and people in our lives that make life worth living.

For those of us here in the spina bifida community in the Washington, DC, area, there is much for which to be thankful. The Spina Bifida Association of the National Capital Area is an active network of men and women providing support and encouragement to those dealing with and caring for those with spina bifida. There are regular opportunities to gather together to support and to socialize. SBANCA maintains a loan closet with wheelchairs, walkers, and other equipment that is free for use.

But more than anything, those of us involved with SBANCA are grateful for our members – a diverse group of people who are committed to improving the lives of others in the spina bifida community. Thank you for being a part of what is happening in the National Capital area. We appreciate all that has been done in 2017, and we look forward to great things in the coming year.

It’s Picnic Time!

On Sunday, August 27, SBANCA will be returning to Clemyjontri Park (6317 Georgetown Pike #2, McLean, VA 22101) for our annual end-of-summer picnic.

Clemyjontri Park is a park especially designed to be accessible for those with disabilities. The large playground is wheelchair and walker-friendly, and includes a beautiful carousel for kids of all ages.

SBANCA has reserved the main picnic pavilion from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Food and drinks will be provided free of charge. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

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Spotlight: DC Sled Sharks

On occasion, SBANCA will feature partner groups and organizations that offer unique opportunities for our members. This month, we focus on the DC Sled Sharks, our local sled hockey team.


Sled hockey is a fast-moving game, played on a standard size ice rink with standard nets and pucks. Instead of skates, players sit in a specially-designed sleds (with blades underneath) and use two hockey sticks with blades at one end and “metal picks” at the other to propel the sled.

The DC Sled Sharks provide athletes with physical disabilities the opportunity to be a part of the “coolest game on ice.” It is a program of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Adaptive Sports program, which seeks to provide opportunities to facilitate a healthy lifestyle.

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Spotlight: Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports

On occasion, SBANCA will feature partner groups and organizations that offer unique opportunities for our members. This month, we focus on the Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports teams.

The 2016-2017 Fairfax Falcons basketball season is a little better than halfway complete, and what a season it has been so far! Both the varsity and prep teams are ranked nationally (varsity is currently ranked 18th in the country, and the prep team is fourth) as we continue to prepare for the national championship tournament coming in March in Louisville.

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