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Para olympic athletes go to adapted sports camp

Imagine playing sports without the use of your lower body. From basketball, to football, to track these Para Olympic athletes can do it all.

The Adapted Sports Camp at the University of Northern Iowa campus lets these athletes try them all.

Jordan Houdeshell hasn't had the use of his legs his whole life. He was born with spina bifida. But that doesn't stop him from enjoying sports.

"This track stuff is a blast. It doesn't look like it would be very much fun because you are running in circles, but for school when I run the adrenaline pumps so fast it feels like you have four of five different racers," said Houdeshell.

"Sure its easy for people like myself to get on the track and just start running, but for these athletes it's hard to find opportunities like this and that's the most important part of this camp," said reporter Nikki Newbrough.

This is Jordan's second year at the Adapted Sports Camp.

The camp is designed for athletes with lower limb disabilities to participate in different sports.

"There are just huge barriers in place that they have to over come besides their physical disability. That's just one aspect, but there are so many other barriers that really make it hard for them to start and keep going," said Jack Eherenman, Camp Organizer

Giving athletes like Jordan, an opportunity to feel more confident.

"My parents have said that they have seen my muscles grow ever since I have been involved in sports. They said I have been more active ever since I came to this camp."

The camp has been going on for five years now.

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