The Idaho Statesman did a really great article accessibility in Idaho and video on the First Climb Event in Boise that Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics sponsored along with an interview including Coyote’s CEO Matt Perkins.
Coyote Prosthetics & Orthotics Hosts First Climb in Boise
August 28, 2019 – Boise,Idaho – Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics recently hosted a most successful First Climb at Boise State University Student Recreation Center. Over 40 participants, ranging from children to seniors participated along with family members and support staff from the Idaho climbing community. The clinic, led by national paraclimber and coach, Tommy Lyon and assisted by the staff of Boise State assisted a wide range of paraclimbers up the walls and introduced few to bouldering.
“I had lots of opportunities! Before today I thought my climbing days were over. It inspired me to continue to climb” offered James Neal, a veteran and facing Parkinson’s disease. “I want to recommend to the VA. OPAF & the Coyote staff were great. Boise State staff kept us safe and gave lots of encouragement’
Annie Carey, a Boise Paralympic hopeful was on hand as was Jennifer Skeesick, regional director for CAF Idaho. We were also fortunate to have two adaptive climbers from Twin Falls join us from Gemstone Gym. It was great to have such a collaborate effort to promote paraclimbing in Idaho. TV and print media were on hand to record the event and Coyote provide a pizza lunch for everyone following First Climb.
About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics are now offering clinical evidence-based education and training for allied health care professionals with select First Clinics and include continuing education credits. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.
On August 10th over 40 people had a great time at the OPAF First Climb sponsored by Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics
We saw all ages of participants show up to this gravity defying event introducing adaptive rock climbing to many different abilities.
The goal was to show how to navigate the wall and safely use the climbing equipment no mater your physical or mobility challenge.
Many of the participants found climbing is a great way to meet peers, learn a new hobby, and develop your problem-solving skills.
It’s also a great way to improve your balance,flexibility, and strength while have a blast.
Thank you everyone for participating in such a fun event!
Thank you OPAF for managing the event and Boise State University Recreation Center for letting us use your facility. The team of Rec. Center Employees were a great help.
By KIVI TV – BOISE, ID — Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics and their sister company, Coyote Design, sponsored an adaptive rock climbing for anyone with a physical or mobility challenge today.
The event was free and gave amputees and people living with limb differences a chance to try adaptive rock climbing and learn new techniques.
Noted rock climber, instructor and below knee amputee, Tommy Lyons says, “You know the challenges with climbing are a mental puzzle, as well as a physical adaptation that every single person in that gym has to deal with, so for people that deal with different challenges of normal tasks every day it’s a nice relief to come out and try something that everybody’s got to try hard at and have the satisfaction of accomplishing.”
Boise State University donated the space and the staff for today’s event.
The youngest climber was five years old and the oldest was over 60.
OPAF put together a really nice video.
If you are not familiar with OPAF they put on a series of First Clinics for amputees.
Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics has enjoyed hosting First Swing Golf Clinics the last two years.
NubAbility Athletics came to Boise this last weekend with great success. Kids from all across the country met at Bogus Basin for a special winter camp.
NubAbility mission statement – “The mission of NubAbility Athletics Foundation is to encourage, inspire, and instruct limb-different youth in mainstream sports. Our goal is to use limb-different athletes as coaches to get them out of the stands, off the bench and into the game so they can excel confidently in life.”
Coyote employees had a fantastic time and met some wonderful people at the 5th Annual Warriors Rock Climb!
Check out pictures from the event.
Coyote Prosthetics & Orthotics has been a sponsor of Warrior’s Rock Climb at Castle Rock’s State Park in Almo Idaho for a few summers. This incredible event is put on each year for local Veteran’s and their families. The mission of Warriors Rock Climbing event is to show Veterans that their communities care about them by providing a fun event that both they and their families can participate in. Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics is honored to support this event.
Coyote Design receives a nice thank you for sending prosthetic materials to Ghana O&P School.
I’m following up quite late with this thank you note. Attached to this message are some photos from our visit to the Brother Tarcissius Prosthetic and Orthotic Training Center (BTPOTC) in Ghana. They have a 3 year P&O program. We were there for two weeks to assist with the third years final exams. During the 2 weeks the students evaluated and casted someone in need of a KAFO or a transfemoral prosthesis, and then fabricated and fit the device. Below are photos of the 1st and 2nd years in class saying thank you for the plaster spreaders and thumb drives (they really appreciated the thumb drives!). We gave these items to the third years as well; you can see one of the third year students modifying his cast in preparation for test fitting. The 4 hole connectors were incredibly useful. You can see them preparing to do a one step lamination with the 4 hole connector positioned at the distal end of the cast in the photo of the guy holding the PVA bag. The last photo you can see the pyramid at the end of the laminated socket. Finally, we gave the plaster mixing bowls to the instructors.
Thank you again for donating these useful and generous gifts to share with the program in Ghana. We really appreciated being able to bring these tools to them.
Sue Spaulding, CPO
We are so pleased to have been part of this experience!
One of Coyote P&O patients, Nick Edinger, won the “World’s Strongest Disabled Man” competition in London.
In this interview Nick tells how Coyote Design’s StabileFlex Socket design and Coyote Composite Basalt Fiber helps him succeed in power lifting.
Nick is a patient of Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics (Formerly Rehab Systems) was a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Warrior’s Rock Climb at Castle Rock’s State Park in Almo, ID, this past summer. This incredible event is put on each year for local Veteran’s and their families. The mission of Warriors Rock Climbing event is to show Veterans that their communities care about them by providing a fun event that both they and their families can participate in. Coyote Prosthetics and Orthotics is honored to support this event.