• Missouri 816-561-0304
    Missouri 816-561-0304
  • Kansas 913-871-4188
    Kansas 913-871-4188
  • St. Joseph 816-364-0900
    St. Joseph 816-364-0900

    Home Health Care


Graphic of images representing different sports

Archery Overview

Young boy learning to shoot arrow


The Whole Person collaborates with Kansas City Parks & Rec to offer adaptive archery. By definition, Archery is the practice of using a bow to propel an arrow through the air, with the intention of hitting a target. Archery is a sport that anyone can do; it is inclusive of all ages, genders and abilities. Athletes with physical or cognitive limitations just need the encouragement to pick up a bow and learn. Archery is excellent exercise, therapeutic, reduces stress and is fun.

The Inclusion Coordinator from Kansas City Parks & Rec and the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Director from The Whole Person are both Certified Archery Instructors. These two adaptive sports coordinators  have experience in working with individuals who have a wide variety of disabilities including: Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Parkinson's, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Muscular Atrophy, and individuals who have hemiparesis.

If you are interested in participating in adaptive archery, but are unsure of your abilities to do so, contact Taryn Andersen taryn.andersen@kcmo.org at Kansas City Parks & Recreation, or Dr. Melissa Burns PsyD, MBurns@thewholeperson.org at The Whole Person to schedule a time for an assessment.

Adaptive Archery Clinic

The Whole Person is partnering with Mission Parks and Recreation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife to host an Adaptive Archery Clinic for all ages. Those with no experience or with advanced skills are welcome to come participate. All abilities; wheelchair athletes, para-athletes, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be accommodated to come experience aiming for a bullseye!

Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St, Mission, KS 66202
Court 2 - Racquetball Courts
Saturday September 17, 1-3pm

  • All skill levels welcome! (Ages 9+)
  • There are two areas for instruction. One space will be an Adaptive Area for varying archery skill levels, and another space will be an area for beginners, younger kids, and families.
  • This is a FREE event!

Contact Melissa Burns at 816-627-2220; mburns@thewholeperson.org.