The event is sponsored by the General Alumni Association and Bridge II Sports in Durham, which will be providing the equipment.
Gin, who was voted Mr. UNC in the fall semester, used his platform to initiate an adaptive sports program and hopes younger students will continue to push the effort forward. Gin said he grew up playing different adaptive sports and found there weren’t as many opportunities when he came to UNC.
“I really enjoyed the team sport aspect of adaptive sports growing up and I think that there’s limited opportunity for that here at Carolina,” he said. “Sort of reflecting on that made me think of how important a program like this could be for students like myself.”
Nail said the program is important to him particularly because of his sister, who has cerebral palsy. His sister learned to ride a bike through a program called “iCan Shine.”
“The athletic department now is undergoing a new strategic plan where they are not only trying to prioritize the health and wellness of their student-athletes, but also of all students, so we really see this initiative in particular as, again, extending this tradition of athletic excellence and right in line with the vision of the University of accessibility and inclusion,” Nail said.
Athletics spokesperson Steve Kirschner said he isn’t sure exactly what the athletic department’s role will be in the adaptive sports program at this point, but he said having the program is important.
“I think giving every student complete opportunities to compete athletically whether it’s at intramural stage, Campus Rec — I don’t necessarily know if it has to be varsity athletics, but giving every student the opportunity to compete athletically as much as they want to,” Kirschner said.