Looking to get involved in adaptive sports? Check out some awesome organizations we’ve compiled below! We started with ones that are local to us in New England so if you’re out of the regions we’ve covered so far, shoot us a message, and we’ll get you connected! We believe there is an adaptive sport or activity out there for you whether you have a physical or developmental disability, visual impairment, or other adaptive need!
Challenged Athletes Foundation
“To provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.”
CAF is well known for their Access For Athletes Grant Program which assists in purchasing adaptive equipment and activities for people with disabilities.
Disabled Sports USA
“Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.”
Paralyzed Veterans of America
“Since 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes. We’ve had a single-minded mission—to empower our brave men and women to regain what they fought for: their freedom and independence.”
PVA co-hosts the National Veterans Wheelchair Game – the largest annual wheelchair multi-sport and rehabilitation event in the world – with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. Through relationships with hundreds of organizations across the country including National Governing Bodies/High Performance Management Organizations and Paralympic Sport Clubs, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people with Paralympic-eligible impairments every day with educational opportunities and sports programming.
While grassroots programming is an area of emphasis for U.S. Paralympics, the organization is also the National Paralympic Committee in the United States, as recognized by the International Paralympic Committee, and is responsible for elite sports programming including sending a U.S. Paralympic Team to the Paralympic Games, summer and winter. U.S. Paralympics operates as the NGB for six sports: alpine skiing, cycling, Nordic skiing (biathlon and cross-country skiing), snowboarding, swimming and track and field.
VA Adaptive Sports
“Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!”
AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports
Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett, NH
“To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential”
Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cycling, Canoeing, Kayaking
“AccesSportAmerica adapts sports that the most agile of athletes can find challenging. Each sport involves sustained physical exertion while promoting better conditioning. Our sports are often viewed as challenging but we ensure success and a degree of independence for everyone.”
- Water Sports: Windsurfing, Rowing, Canoeing, Stand-Up-Paddling, Surfing, Kayaking
- Other Sports: Cycling, Soccer, Tennis, Personal Training
Achilles International Boston
Greater Boston Area, MA
“Achilles is a non-profit that partners able bodied guide runners (volunteers) with athletes with disabilities (member athletes). Membership is absolutely free and open to all ages and abilities. We welcome athletes with a variety of disabilities including Amputations, Autism, Blind & Visually Impaired, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Disabled Veterans, Multiple Sclerosis, Para & Quadriplegia, Spina Bifida, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injuries.”
Weekly workouts on Fridays at 6pm at the Sampas Pavilion in Lowell (160 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854) and Saturdays at 10am at Tracksmith in Back Bay (285 Newbury Street, Boston, MA).
Adaptive Climbing Group
“Adaptive Climbing Group is a community for people with disabilities to have opportunities to inclusively participate in the sport of climbing. Adaptive Climbing is taking the already existing abilities of a person and helping them participate in the sport.”
Adaptive Sports New England
“The mission of Adaptive Sports New England is to increase participation in sports among youth and young adults with visual and mobility impairments in the New England area.”
“AdaptX is an educational company providing coaches and gym owners with the tools to create and grow effective Adaptive Fitness programs.”
Listen to their insightful adaptX Performance Podcast!
All Out Adventures
“Since our founding in 2001, we have paddled, hiked, skied, skated, camped, and more with thousands of people throughout Massachusetts. Our programs are open to people of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. Most of our programs are either no cost to participants or are a very nominal fee. As we break down the barriers to participation in outdoor recreation, we strive to ensure that cost is not a barrier.”
“AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, made up of amputees, veterans, friends and families of the disabled and depend on donations for our operation. Our Goal is to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and other activities.”
Adaptive surfing clinics in Narragansett, RI; Rye, NH; Second Beach, RI; Good Harbor, MA; Hampton, NH; Nantasket, MA; and Long Sands, ME.
“Our goal is to spread awareness for all of the amazing adaptive sports opportunities in New England and around the world. We created this list of adaptive sports organizations to help you find an adaptive sports opportunity to participate in whether as a participant, coach, or volunteer. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll help you look! We also have apparel available here, which supports adaptive sports by spreading awareness and allowing us to donate money to local and national organizations. Thanks for stopping by!”
Boston Fencing Club
“Wheelchair Fencing is part of Boston Fencing Club’s efforts to grow the sport of fencing and enable people to have access to a fantastic sport they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Any donations given to our cause would be greatly appreciated. Help spread the sport of fencing today!”
Boston Fencing Club hosts weekly Wheelchair Fencing sessions on Saturdays from 10am to 11am.
Central Maine Adaptive Sports
“We provide our students with the opportunity to participate in outdoor recreation activities and to enhance their ability with independent skiing, with one on one support and adaptive equipment as needed. We always focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.”
Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports
Crotched Mountain, Greenfield, NH
“Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports (CMARS) provides exciting outdoors experiences for people of all abilities. For CMARS participants, it doesn’t matter what they’ve been told they could or could not accomplish—with us, adventure will become a reality.”
Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Kayaking, Cycling, Target Shooting, Snowshoeing
Gaylord Hospital Sports Association
“Our goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and to reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports.”
Alpine Skiing, Archery, Cycling, Golf, Kayaking, Paratriathlon, Quad Rugby, Rock Climbing, Sled Hockey, Tennis, Fishing, Water Skiing
Granite State Adaptive
“We provide individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreation programs.”
Equine, Cycling, Snowsports
Kelly Brush Foundation
“The Kelly Brush Foundation (KBF) is dedicated to making active lifestyles a reality for those who have experienced a spinal cord injury. We offer the inspiration to believe and the grants to enable anyone to buy the equipment they need to get out and go. But the KBF funds more than just recreation, because when you’re out there on the hill, road or trail, as your heart rate rises and you feel the wind on your face, disability fades away. An active lifestyle forges connections with others — both new friends and old, in and out of a chair.”
The Active Fund – Grants for adaptive sports equipment
Path2Active – Partnerships to try, learn, and own adaptive sports equipment!
Leap of Faith Adaptive Skiers
Sandy Hook, CT
“To build lasting confidence and fulfillment, through exposure and professional training in recreational and competitive water and snow skiing to both children and adults with disabilities.”
Water Sports – Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing
Winter Sports – Skiing, Snowboarding
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
“At Maine Adaptive we believe that having access to and participating in recreational sports is integral to a well-rounded life for every person. Maine Adaptive provides over 3500 lessons winter and summer, free of charge, thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations that sustain our program every year.”
Summer Programs: Paddling, Cycling, Golf
Winter Programs: Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
Specialty Programs: Veterans No Boundaries, Nevi Fest (February), Mono Ski Camp (March)
New England Blazers
“The New England Blazers are a non-profit 501c3 organization focused playing sports and assisting with the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Blazers are members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
The Blazers motto is “just wanna play ball”, which they do with passion and love.
The Blazers take time away from their own schedule to perform exhibitions at local universities and community centers to showcase their talent and ability. Please contact us for more information about joining the team or scheduling an event.”
New England Disabled Sports
Lincoln and Bretton Woods, NH
“What do YOU want to do today? NEDS offers athletes an extensive selection of summer and winter programs for individuals looking for recreation, as well as aspiring competitive athletes of all ages and disabilities.”
Winter Programs: Snowboarding, Skiing (monoski, biski, 3-track skiing etc.) Snowshoeing
Summer Programs: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Cycling, Golf, Archery
New England Healing Sports Association
Mount Sunapee Resort, NH
“NEHSA bears witness to the triumph of the human spirit by helping people with disabilities and their families enrich their lives through adaptive sports, recreation, and social activities.”
Summer Sports: Kayak, Paddleboard, Rowing
Northeast Disabled Athletic Association
“The Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) is a Vermont-based, non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide recreational and competitive athletic opportunities for people with physical disabilities, and to support disabled athletes in their pursuit of excellence.”
Adaptive Sailing, Cross Country Skiing, Handcycling, Power Soccer, Sled Hockey, Tennis, Water Skiing, Wheelchair Basketball
“Northeast Passage empowers individuals with disabilities to define, pursue, and achieve their Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports goals.”
Competitive Sports: Power Soccer, Quad Rugby, Sled Hockey
Recreational Sports: Archery, Boccia, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Nordic Skiing, Paddling, Water Skiing
Northeast Sled Hockey League
“To provide a fun, competitive Sled Hockey League for individuals with mobility impairment. To assist in the development of players for local, regional, and national level teams. To increase the awareness of Sled Hockey through on-ice and off-ice presentations. To assist with individuals’ independence and Return to Work/Life. To build life skills—teamwork, responsibility, commitment. To promote “Positive Shared Experiences” amongst family and friends. To provide an opportunity for corporate sponsorship through value-exchange partnerships.”
Sled Hockey teams ranging from Maine to Marlyland culminating with a championship tournament in March
Ryan Martin Foundation
New Britain, CT
“RMF is much more than basketball. We offer four programs that prepare athletes with disabilities to succeed in life on and off the court.”
- Wheelchair Basketball Junior Program (Saturdays 3-5pm)
- Wheelchair Basketball Youth Camp (Hartford, Philadelphia, and Boston)
- Basketball camp for wounded, active soldiers
- Speaking Engagements, Mentoring
Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers
Greater Boston Area
“SASC offers year-round sport, recreation, and fitness programming for people of all abilities. Programs are seasonally based and are supervised by physical therapists, recreational therapists, and industry professionals. SASC offers an adaptive sports internship opportunity for those in related college or graduate level majors, and a therapeutic recreation internship for students applying to sit for the NCTRS exam.”
“Swim Angelfish creates educational resources for the world’s adaptive swim lessons needs and advocates for the necessity of having specifically trained instructors for this growing population. For 20 years we have provided both free and paid online training materials for all aspects of adaptive aquatics. The Swim Whisperers® methodology stands above the rest by educating instructors not by disability but by roadblocks and easily integrates with any existing swim curricula.” By recognizing the underlying problem and using our toolbox of strategies and techniques to overcome them, swimmers of all abilities are able to learn to swim faster and with less discomfort, helping them acquire the lifelong skill of being safe, confident and independent in the water. Through the knowledge gained from our co-founders Cindy & Ailene working as aquatic therapists plus the continuous feedback received from our 20 locations throughout New England that offer both aquatic therapy and Swim Whisperers ™ swim lessons, we are able to continuously add new and vital content to our program…”
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
“Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.
Winter and Summer Sports programs offered at several Vermont locations.
Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports
Waterville Valley, NH
“Waterville Valley Resorts’ Adaptive Snowsports program is a special part of Waterville Valley where physically and mentally challenged children and adults team up with extraordinary volunteers and learn to fly – at least that’s how our students describe the freedom of sliding down a snowy slope unencumbered by a wheelchair or braces.”
“Waypoint Adventure is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2010 that uses quality experiential and adventure-based programs to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities. Waypoint works with school groups, social service organizations, families and individuals to offer custom designed adventure programs that meet their goals and objectives.”
Kayaking, Team Building, School Programming, Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking