Looking to get involved in adaptive sports? We think that is a wonderful idea no matter who you are! There are sports and organizations out there which cater to whichever disability you may have. We’ve listed some national and local organizations that would love to help below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for help in your search!
- 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 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 – “The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) is the largest annual wheelchair multi-sport and rehabilitation event in the world, co-hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The NVWG empowers U.S. military service veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. Nearly 600 athletes convene to compete in over 19 sporting events, such as basketball, quad rugby, power soccer, and more.”
- Local chapters
- National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open, Racing & Fitness, Shooting Sports, Bowling, Lacrosse, Bass Tour, Billiards
- Special Olympics – “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.”
- Local chapters
- Sports programs and events for people with intellectual disabilities
- 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 Moutain 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
- AccessSport America (Acton, MA) – “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 Boston – “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. Volunteers function as member athlete’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator. 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.”
- Adaptive Climbing Group (Somerville, MA) – “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 (Boston, MA) – “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.”
- All Out Adventures (Northampton, MA) – “
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.”
- Central Maine Adaptive Sports (Auburn, ME) – “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 (Wallingford, CT) – “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
- 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.”
- Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (Newry, ME) – “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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (Burlington, VT) – “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 (Durham, NH) – “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
- Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (Eastern MA) – “Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers support individuals of all abilities in leading active healthy lives through participation in adaptive sports programs.”
- Year-round indoor and outdoor sports and activities in the Greater Boston Area
- 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 (Lexington, MA) – “
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
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Interested in helping out one of these programs? We know they would all love your support whether through volunteering, coaching, or a donation!
As an added bonus, If you donate to one of these organizations (or any other adaptive sports program) we’ll add a thank you gift to any order from our Facebook Shop or athletesroll.com/shop! Just shoot us a message or add a note when you place your order! This is something we started during Giving Tuesday 2018 and we’re happy to continue to help our fellow organizations gain support!