Resources

Hey! Looking to get involved in adaptive sports? Check out some local and national organizations that would love to help!

Nationwide:

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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!”

New England:

  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
    • Winter Programs: Snowboarding, Skiing (monoski, biski, 3-track skiing etc.) Snowshoeing
    • Summer Programs: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Cycling, Golf, Archery
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.”

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