BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- In a collaborative effort between Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, and McWane Science Center, "Transforming Lives through Exercise Science," is now open for public viewing.
McWane Science Center and Lakeshore Foundation teamed up to create this interactive exhibit in order to educate the community about adaptive sports. The exhibit, which features a custom-built racing wheelchair and an international rugby jersey, showcases the work of Lakeshore Foundation as well as four athletes who train there. Visitors can read how Lakeshore Foundation and competitive sports have provided opportunities for Savannah Gardner, a high school freshman with cerebral palsy.
At McWane Science Center, visitors can also experience how Paralympic athlete Josh Roberts felt when he raced in the Bird's Nest in Beijing this past September. Using a custom-built racing wheelchair in a simulated 30-meter sprint, visitors can find out how long it takes to complete the race. This exhibit puts the visitor's physical condition to the test while providing a new perspective about the lives of others.
The exhibit will be on display through June 3, 2009 and is located directly across from the Rushton Theater on level one of McWane Science Center.
Lakeshore Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through fitness, recreation, and athletics. These programs help children and adults with physical disabilities maintain healthy and active lifestyles, as well as develop stronger self-esteem and improve independent living skills. For more information, visit www.lakeshore.org.
McWane Science Center is a nonprofit museum whose mission is to change lives through science and wonder through hands-on science education. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed 3.5 million visitors since opening its doors in 1998. For more information, visit http://www.mcwane.org/.