Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Adaptive Sports Programs

Kevin Manuel Fact Sheet

Updated 06/2017 | Download PDF

Introduction

This fact sheet focuses on nationwide, sport-specific resources that provide an overview of the adapted version of a particular sport; there may be leagues or teams located closer to your area not listed below. Some Web sites include a team or league locator to help you find a team near your location. Other Web sites have information and trainings for local schools and recreational centers that discuss how to set up adaptive sports programs. Perhaps you can be an agent of change for your community by working with a local community center to develop an adaptive league in your area.

Nationwide Adaptive Sports Resources

Adaptive Adventures
adaptiveadventures.org
877.679.2770
Adaptive Adventures provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families.

Adaptive Sports Association
asadurango.org
970.259.0374
Located in Colorado and hosting both summer and winter programs, the Adaptive Sports Association offers programs to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Adaptive Sports Center
adaptivesports.org
866.349.2296
Located in Colorado, the Adaptive Sports Center provides programs and education on participating in outdoor sports for people with various physical disabilities. Programs for both summer and winter sports are available and are taught by professionally certified instructors, many of whom have backgrounds in therapeutic recreation services.

Adaptive Sports USA
adaptivesportsusa.org
720.412.7979
Adaptive Sports USA provides information on adaptive sports programs, with specific focus on the sports of archery, power lifting, swimming, shooting and track and field.

Adventures Without Limits
awloutdoors.org
503.359.2568
This group facilitates inclusive, outdoor adventures for people of all ages and ability levels. Activities include kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and more.

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP)
adaptedsports.org
404.294.0070
The AAASP provides education, assistance and information to schools and community programs on integration and development of adapted sports programs in schools. This group provides trainings to coaches and officials, and their Web site links to rulebooks specific to adapted sports competition (e.g. wheelchair basketball, wheelchair football) and outlines the rights of students to have access to an adapted sports program.

American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics
acsaaorg.org
The organization exists to further competitive athletic opportunities for disabled students at the college level through tournament style competitions.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – Move Forward
moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/adaptive-sports-people-with-disabilities
The APTA outlines various programs, organizations and other resources related to adaptive sports programs.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
challengedathletes.org
858.866.0959
The CAF provides information on various adaptive sports competitions held around the country, including marathons and 5Ks, cycling races and IRONMAN events. Individuals can also apply for grants to help fund purchase of adaptive equipment, educational clinics and mentorship programs.

Crossroads Alliance
crossroadsalliance.org/programs
Crossroads Alliance is a nonprofit group focused on maximizing inclusion in training and competition among all sports.  They provide tips, best practices and understanding of the needs of adaptive athletes and highlight gyms, nonprofits and businesses who have committed to inclusion and support of adaptive athletes. Information regarding their seminar series aimed at educating coaches on inclusionary practices for adaptive athletes is also available on their Web site.

Disabled Sports USA
disabledsportsusa.org
301.217.0960
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youths and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. This web site also provides information on various adaptive sports programs.

Ignite Adaptive Sports – Boulder, Colorado
igniteadaptivesports.org
303.506.8007
Ignite Adaptive Sports provides safe, fun and affordable instruction in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to people with any disability to enhance their quality of life.

International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports
facebook.com/IWASFed (Facebook)
iwasf.com/iwasf   (Web site)

National Ability Center (NAC)
discovernac.org
The National Ability Center is a nonprofit organization which offers both seasonally and year-round inclusive programs such as skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, rock climbing and swimming, among others.  Camps and programs are held onsite and near the NAC’s facility in Park City, UT.

National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
nchpad.org
800.900.8086
NCHPAD is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disabilities. NCHPAD seeks to help people with disabilities and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities. Their Web site includes general information on inclusive communities, featuring education, advocacy and resource directories.

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
nscd.org
970.726.1518
Based in Colorado, the NSCD specializes in teaching sports such as skiing, snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, snowshoeing, rock climbing and hiking. Limited scholarships for participation may be available.

Never Say Never Foundation
neversayneverfoundation.org
352.502.0379
The mission of the Never Say Never Foundation is to sponsor athletes with disabilities in a multitude of sports, including extreme sports, and to seek funding to allow youths and young adults with disabilities to attend camps, sporting events, and get the prostheses or other tools they need to thrive.

NubAbility Athletics
nubability.org
NubAbility Athletics is a nonprofit organization that offers sport camps and clinics for kids across the nation.  Additionally, one-on-one coaching and mentoring is provided in 26 sports.

PLAY Foundation
playfoundation.net
214.814.4746
PLAY is a grant program that provides scholarship awards for 10 qualified applicants annually to help with the financial costs of the applicant’s chosen activity. PLAY’s mission is to help individuals lead a positive and active lifestyle in the areas of sports, education and the arts.

U.S. Paralympics
teamusa.org/us-paralympics
888.222.2313
This is the official Web site for the USA Paralympic team. It also includes a Paralympics club locator for various sports (teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/find-a-club). Sports available for individuals with limb loss/limb difference include: archery, basketball, cycling, equestrian, fencing, rowing, shooting, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, skiing, biathlon, sled hockey and many others.

Wheelchair Sports Federation
wheelchairsportsfederation.org
917.519.2622
Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national nonprofit that provides opportunities for youths and adults with disabilities and wheelchair users to play sports recreationally and competitively.

Wheelchair Sports USA (WSUSA)
wsusa.org
WSUSA is a guide to organized sport and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities at both local and international levels.

World T.E.A.M Sports
worldteamsports.org
855.987.8326
This nonprofit organization organizes athletic events for people with or without disabilities including mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, bicycling and more in an effort to build an individual’s self-confidence and enhance physical fitness.

Sport-Specific Resources

Archery

United Foundation for Disabled Archers (UFFDA)
uffdaclub.com
320.634.3660
The UFFDA hosts annual hunts in Northern Minnesota and Central Wisconsin for its disabled members. Participants are selected each year via a drawing and assigned to a personal guide, who works with them before the event to prepare for each individual’s specific circumstances and personal needs. Membership to the UFFDA may be required for inclusion in the drawing for the guided hunt.

Aviation

Freedom’s Wings International (FWI): Soaring for People with Disabilities
freedomswings.org
717.335.0458
FWI provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to fly in specially adapted sailplanes, either as a passenger or as a member of the flight training program.

International Wheelchair Aviators
facebook.com/International-Wheelchair-Aviators-181916075803
A worldwide organization of pilots with and without disabilities.

Sky Sailing
skysailing.com/lessons/#hand
760.782.0404
This organization offers sky sailing lessons to individuals requiring hand controls rather than traditional foot controls. The president of Sky Sailing, Inc. is an incomplete paraplegic and has worked with many students over the years who need specialized flight training and controls.

Basketball

International Wheelchair Basketball Association
iwbf.org
The official Web site for wheelchair basketball including information on the Wheelchair Paralympic Team.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA)
nwba.org
719.266.4082
The NWBA provides information on forming or joining a wheelchair basketball team. Includes how to register a team, find other teams and specifics on team requirements. The Web site also includes a team locator tool to assist in finding Junior, Division I, Division III, Intercollegiate and National Teams.

Billiards/Pool

National Wheelchair Pool Players Association (NWPA)
facebook.com/NWPA-National-Wheelchair-PoolPlayers-Association-132128663527118
This Web site provides information on wheelchair billiards events and tournaments located around the country.

Bowling

American Wheelchair Bowling Association
awba.org
713.849.9052
This Web site provides information on events, tournaments, FAQs for wheelchair bowling and information on equipment.

Canoeing

American Canoeing Association – Adaptive Paddling Curriculum
americancanoe.org/?page=Courses_Adaptive
540.907.4460
This Web site includes a list of adaptive paddling courses, a list of adaptive paddling endorsed instructors and general information regarding the sport of adaptive paddling.

Cycling

Hand Cycle Racing
handcycleracing.com/wheelchair%20sports%20resources.htm
757.422.1912

Hand Crank Racing Association
myshasta.info/geneva/CrankRace

Equestrian

American Hippotherapy Association
americanhippotherapyassociation.org
970.818.1322
Locate physical therapists and occupational therapists across the country who work with horses as part of their therapy.

PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship)
pathintl.org
Search for PATH centers and certified equine therapy instructors across the country.  These programs are specifically designed for individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.

Saddle Modifications for Para Equestrians (article)
dressagetoday.com/article/saddle_modifications_para_equestrians_062010

United States Equestrian Federation – Para-Equestrian
usef.org/_iframes/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allpara.aspx
859.258.2472
This site provides information on the sport of Para-Equestrian, including rules, competitions and various disciplines.

United States Para-Equestrian Association
uspea.org
The official Web site for the United States Para-Equestrian Team.

Fencing

U.S. Fencing Association
usfencing.org/wheelchair-fencing
719.866.4511

Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing
paralympic.org/wheelchair-fencing

Football

Wheelchair Football
mobility-advisor.com/wheelchair-football.html

Golf

American Disabled Golfers Association
usgtf.com/theadga
888.346.3290
The American Disabled Golfers Association helps create handicapped accessibility to golf courses for golfers with disabilities.

National Alliance for Accessible Golf
accessgolf.org
904.940.4204
This group offers golf program grants for individuals with disabilities. Their Web site also provides information on locating adaptive golf programs in your area.

National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA)
nagagolf.org
This site includes information on tournaments, membership and golf clinics specifically geared toward people with limb loss. The NAGA also publishes the Amputee Golfer Magazine.

U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA)
usaga.org
The USAGA is a national coalition of leading adaptive golf organizations working together to grow the game of golf for the special needs community. They offer access, instruction and competition at all levels. Check their Web site for a list of scheduled tournaments or to subscribe to their e-newsletter.

U.S. Disabled Golf Association
facebook.com/USDGA.net (Facebook)
usdga.net  (Web site)
910.214.5983
Sponsors and coordinates events and golf tournaments for individuals with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

Hockey

Power Hockey
powerhockey.com
763.535.4736
Power Wheelchair Hockey leagues are based on basic hockey rules with a few adaptations allowing those in power wheelchairs the ability to play hockey.

Adaptive Hockey – USA Hockey
usahockey.com/disabledhockey
This Web site provides information on various types of adaptive hockey, including sled hockey, standing/amputee hockey, and warrior hockey.

Hunting/Fishing

Buckmasters Disabled Hunters
buckmasters.com/Resources/Disabled-Hunters
334.215.3337

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc – For Anglers with Disabilities
fhnbinc.org
800.243.3462

Outdoor Buddies
outdoorbuddies.org
719.783.9044
Outdoor Buddies is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that pairs able-bodied volunteers with people with disabilities to help them enjoy Colorado’s natural resources. This group facilitates hunts and special events and offers a variety of outdoor programs.

Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America (PCBA) – Facebook
facebook.com/Physically-Challenged-Bowhunters-of-America-PCBA-114963075209113

United Foundation for Disabled Archers (UFFDA)
uffdaclub.com
320.634.3660

Wheelin’ Sportsmen Program
nwtf.org/about/hunting-heritage/wheelin-sportsmen
800.843.6983

Martial Arts

Adaptive Martial Arts Association
adaptivemartialarts.org (Web site)
802.747.8184
facebook.com/adaptivemartialartsassn (Facebook)

Criptaedo: Adaptive Martial Arts for People in Wheelchairs (article)
amsvans.com/blog/criptaedo-adaptive-martial-arts-for-people-in-wheelchairs

Martial Arts Therapy: Helping Children Take an Active Role in Their Own Healing (article)
abilities.com/community/adaptive_sports-martial-arts.html

Rowing

U.S. Rowing Association – Para-Rowing
usrowing.org/para-rowing-national-team
800.314.4769
This Web site features information on the U.S. Para-Rowing Olympic and national teams.

Rugby

United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA)
usqra.org
The USQRA provides opportunity, support and structure for competitive wheelchair rugby to individuals with disabilities. Locate various quad rugby teams across the country and learn about the sport of wheelchair rugby.

Running

Amputee Blade Runners
amputeebladerunners.com
615.533.3986
This group provides financial assistance for obtaining a running leg for amputees interested in pursuing the sport of running. Complete the application on the Web site to apply. Additionally, you can find information on running events in your area.

Challenged Athletes Foundation
challengedathletes.org
See program overview on page one.

Heather Abbott Foundation
heatherabbottfoundation.org
The Heather Abbott Foundation helps provide customized prostheses to people who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances. You can find grant applications through the “Get Involved” tab on the Web site.

Prosthetic Running
prostheticrunning.com
This Web site provides information and resources for individuals interested in learning to run following an amputation.  Learn the basics of running, types of prostheses needed and the professionals you need to work with if you are interested in running. As always, the Amputee Coalition recommends that you consult with your prosthetist and medical team prior to beginning any new exercise programs or activities.

Sailing

Sail To Prevail – The National Disabled Sailing Program
shakealeg.org
401.849.8898
Sail To Prevail creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. This group offers specialized sailing day trips, as well as instructor training and a yearly camp.

Sailing Web: Options for Sailors with Disabilities
footeprint.com/sailingweb
This site provides information on sailing clubs and accessible sailboats.

Scuba Diving

Handicapped Scuba Association
hsascuba.com
This Web site contains information on scuba diving, connecting with a specialized Handicapped Scuba Association Dive Master and various adaptive scuba programs around the country.

International Association for Handicapped Divers
iahd.org
Search for information on instructors and dive courses for individuals with disabilities.

Soccer

American Amputee Soccer Association
ampsoccer.org (Web site)
facebook.com/USAmpSoccer (Facebook)

USA Amputee Soccer Team
facebook.com/USAmputeeSoccerTeam (Facebook)

Tennis

USTA Foundation
ustafoundation.com/adaptive
914.696.7223
Find registered adaptive tennis programs around the country. Learn about adaptive tennis programs and events.  Adult adaptive tennis locator: usta.com/Adult-Tennis/Adaptive-Tennis/Information/usta_adaptive_tennis_registered_programs


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