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SCUBA Diving and the Power of Letting Go of the Rope with Ryan Chalmers

Ryan will discuss his passion for scuba diving and how a disabled teen grew up to be a divemaster including all of the adaptations, if any, he needed to learn to strive to help other young people with disabilities learn to scuba dive. Along with his personal experience learning to dive, we will discuss the differences disabled individuals face when learning to dive and the numerous opportunities scuba diving has given Ryan including the opportunity to push a racing wheelchair 3300 miles across the United States.  
Ryan Chalmers learned how to scuba dive when he was just 15 years old and immediately scuba diving became a passion. Now a PADI certified divemaster (certified in 2012), Ryan is a Director with Stay-Focused the nonprofit organization with which he learned to dive, is able to share his passion with other young, disabled teens. 
Ryan can be contacted via email at

Location: Zoom

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


ryan in full scuba equipment swimming through a school of fish

Framing Difficult Discussions Through Mindfulness with Trymaine Gaither

Location: Zoom

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

headshot of Trymaine wearing a checkered shirt and beige sweater

Accessibility in Sport Participation and Events with Chris Lebens & Corrie McGrath

A workshop in discovering the reality of Reasonable Accommodations and the ADA in major sport events.

Chris Lebens is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Sport Management at Washington State University. Chris studies Disability Rights and formed a flourishing Disability Rights group as a law student. Chris mentors Special Olympic athletes and strives to find the ultimate unified sport. HE is currently Faculty at Washington State University, teaching Sport Management, Event Management, as well as Sport and Business Law. Chris has worked for over 15 years as a consultant for major events to include BCS bowl games and festival concerts.

Location: Zoom 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Headshot of Chris wearing a blue shirt standing in Martin Stadium

Adaptive Weight Lifting with the University Recreation Staff

In this full-body strength-based weight training class, we’ll develop a strong foundation and learn proper form.

This will be an adaptive class focusing on the introduction of basic strength training movements. Depending on participants unique abilities, there are several ways to adapt the movements. Lifts will be taught using seated and standing positions and will have the option of using lifting straps and other adaptive equipment.

Location: Chinook 40

Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

a student lifting dumbells with a spotter