by Tony Chai | editor in chief
Korean-Americans with disability participated in the 1st K-Friends Adaptive Sports Festival in Kansas City.
Organized by Korea Para Association of USA, the event was the first ever amateur sports festival for Korean-Americans with disabilities.
Sports festivals for ‘normal’ Korean-Americans are held every two years.
The event was held in Kansas City from June 17th through 18th.
Team Dallas was comprised of 18 players, 7 family members of the players, 16 volunteers, and 5 members from the Dallas chapter of Korea Para Association of USA.
Team Dallas placed 3rd, while the neighboring city of Houston placed 2nd. Maryland grabbed 1st place. Total of about 450 people participated at the event.
Dallas chapter of Korea Para Association of USA held welcoming ceremony Wednesday June 23 at the Sarang Mission Church in Carrollton.
Officials from the Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas and Korean Society of Dallas came out and praised Team Dallas’ effort.
There are, at least two, Korean-American organizations in DFW that provide learning services to Korean-Americans with disabilities. They are EIS Family A38(facebook.com/eisfamilya38) and Texas Milal(txmilal.org).
Members of these faith-based organizations mostly have developmental disabilities. Structured learning services are provided with the goal of helping them become as independent as possible.