Adaptive Sports USA honors athletes and supporters for their outstanding achievements and contributions to adaptive sports and the adaptive sports community. Click the tabs below see award descriptions and past recipients.

Hall of Fame

The Adaptive Sports USA Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact in the adaptive sports arena in one of two categories:  Athlete or Supporter.

Athlete:  Recognizes an athlete who has, in their participation in national and international competition, distinguished themselves through outstanding performance and superior sportsmanship over the span of at least five (5) years.

Supporter:  Individuals such as a coach, administrator, founder, event director that has made significant contributions to Adaptive Sports USA in administration, management, coaching and/or promotion.

Award recipients are announced at the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly each fall.

Award Recipients


2016    Kevin Saunders
2012    Mike Ward
2012    Mikel Vandello
2010    Sherry Ramsey (Schulz)
2008    Joann Cornett Dunn
2008    Carlos Rodriguez
2007    Jennifer Johnson
2007    Jim Martinson
2004    Jon Brown
2004    Ann Cody
2002    Jean Driscoll
2002    Hugh Smith
2001    Bart Dodson
2001    Randy Snow
2000    Tom Brown
2000    Ray Clark
1999    Jerry Deets
1999    Joe Grejdus
1998    Sebastion DeFrancesco
1998    Bart McNichol
1998    Marcia Kulick
1997    Arnold Astrada
1997    Candace Cable
1997    Connie Head
1996    Robert Ocvirk
1996    Gary Kerr
1995    George Conn
1995    Eddie Coyle
1994    Ken Brooks
1994    Bill Griggs
1993    Mike Dempsey
1993    George Murray
1993    Rodney Vlieger
1992    Sharon Hedrick
1992    Kent Hogan
1991    Marty Ball
1991    Bob Hall
1991    Skip Wilkins
1990    Ella Cox
1990    John Gray
1989    John Jay Brown
1989    Susan Hagel
1988    Sharon Myers
1988    Ty Kaus
1987    Bea Anderson
1987    Karen Casper
1987    Richard Rosenbaum
1986    Christa Welger
1985    Ronald Halsey
1985    Scott Robeson
1984    Jan Little
1984    William Johnson
1983    Richard Maduro
1983    James Mathis
1983    Dino Wallen
1983    Carol Giesse Wooledge
1983    Bruce Karr
1982    Karen Donaldson
1982    David Williamson
1981    Ruth Rosenbaum
1981    Peter Krajewski
1980    Reno Levis
1978    Julius Duval
1978    Evelyn Moore
1977    William Fairbanks
1977    Darlene Quinlan
1976    Vincent Falardeau
1975    Stefen Florescu
1974    Lou Rossini
1973    Cliff Crase
1972    Denver Branum
1972    Robert Hawkes
1971    Jack Whitman
1971    Rosalie Hixon
1970    Timothy Harris
1970    Ronald Stein
1970    Alonzo Wilkins


2017    Debbie & Ralph Armento
2016    Jeannie Senter
2012    Gerry & Gwena Herman
2010    Pam Wilson
2009    Pete Arballo
2009    Barry Ewing
2008    Paul Kotlerjahn
2007    Paul DePace
2007    Pat Putt
2006    Dave Baskin
2004    Joe Lyttle
2004    Arleen Sand
2004    Charles Sheppard
2002    Curt Beamer
2001    Marty Morse
2000    Barbara Chambers
2000    Les Rothman
1999    Mary Carpenter
1999    Jan Elix
1998    Andy Chasanoff
1998    Joan Karpuk
1997    Maureen Freeda
1997    Lyn Rourke
1996    Karen Johnstone
1994    Bill & Brenda Greene
1993    G. Andrew Fleming
1992    Jim Messer
1992    John Noisette
1992    Ariel Roman
1991    Sharon Brooks
1991    Anne Lipton
1991    Wayne Protheroe
1990    Robert J Syzman, PhD
1989    Ian Chafee
1988    Judy Benoit
1988    Dan Sullivan
1986    Casey Clarke, PhD
1984    Richard Kuntzler
1983    Stanley Myers, MD
1981    Pat Karman
1979    Robert Classon
1978    B. Cairbre McCann, MD
1977    Stan Labanowich, PhD
1974    H. Charles Ryder
1973    Ted McLean
1972    Al Youakim
1971    Seymour Bloom
1970    Benjamin Lipton
1970    Timothy Nugent

Jan Elix Award

The Jan Elix award is given by the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Committee to honor Jan Elix, a dedicated woman that made an impact as an athlete, coach, Adaptive Sports USA Board member, mentor and long standing member of the Junior Committee for decades before her passing.  The award recognizes a coach, organizer, official and/or classifier that display’s Jan’s core values and positive characteristics.  Recipients must:

  • Serve in the administrative role as a coach, official, organizer, or classifier and be in good standing with Adaptive Sports USA.
  • Have dedicated their time and effort to the expansion and growth of competitive sports for athletes with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments in their local communities and/or at a national level.
  • Serve as a mentor to colleagues and/or athletes.
  • Have a long-standing commitment to the vision and future of competitive sports for athletes with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments

Award recipients are announced at the Adaptive Sports USA Jr. Nationals in July.

Award Recipients

2017    Kathe Hickey
2016    Charles Sheppard
2015    Denise Hutchins
2014    John Stephens
2013    Cindy Housner
2012    Gregg Baumgarten
2011    Pam Carey
2010    Arleen Sand
2009    Philip Galli & Jessica (Galli) Cloy
2008    Donald Chaffee & Dick Doucette
2007    Barry Ewing
2006    Ralph & Debra Armento

Jr. Nationals Spirit of Excellence

The Jr. Nationals Spirit of Excellence Award honors a female and male athlete from each sport offered that have shown exemplary sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic achievement.

Award recipients are announced at the Adaptive Sports USA Jr. Nationals in July.

Award Recipients


2016   Elizabeth Becker

2016   Stephanie Marquez

2016   Elizabet Ruiz-Torres

2016   Amanda Merlau

2016   Ahalya Lettenberger

2016   Amanda Malawski


2016   Noah Barbknecht

2016  Gianni Toce

2016   Eric Rine

2016  Justin Phongsavanh

2016   Beecher Bruno

2016   Miguel Jiminez-Vergara

Ted Kaplan Award

The Ted Kaplan Award is given by the Tri-State Wheelchair and Ambulatory Athletics Association (TSWAA) to honor Ted Kaplan, their original founder. Ted Kaplan was a real pioneer in the development of wheelchair sports. Ted started the New Jersey Wheelchair Athletic Association in the early 1970’s along with Sharon Brooks, Ken Brooks and Andy Chasanoff and was a catalyst to helping athletes succeed. Ted, who was a wheelchair user himself, died of cancer in the early 1980’s.  His portrait continues to grace the Clark Recreation Center where the NJ Jaguars practice to this day.

Because of his legacy in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond, the TSWAA annually honors his memory to a deserving individual who has made a significant contribution in the advancement of adaptive sports for juniors with the Ted Kaplan Award.

Award recipients are announced at the Adaptive Sports USA Jr. Nationals in July.

Award Recipients

2016    Trisha Yurochko
2015    Mike Burns
2014    Debra Armento
2013    John Stephens
2012    Jeannie Senter
2011    Denise Hutchins
2010    Philip Galli
2009    Pam Carey
2008    Ralph Armento
2007    Charles Sheppard
2005    Gwena & Gerry Herman
2004    Cliff Crase
2002    Arleen Sand
2001    Sharon Frant Brooks
1998    Donald Chaffee
1996    Martin Morse
1995    Mary Carpenter
1994    Jan Elix
1993    Pat Putt
1992    JoAnn Armstrong
1987    Andy Chasanoff

Sports N Spokes Jr. Athlete of the Year

The SNS Junior Athlete of the Year award is given by Sports N Spokes Magazine and recognizes a young athlete making a difference. The athlete would not be considered solely for a stellar athletic performance. Nominees must:

  • Be 21 years old or younger
  • Be good students
  • Make significant contributions to their schools in sports as well as other activities
  • Be active in their communities volunteering for various projects and causes.

Nominations can be submitted from coaches, officials or others. Nomination forms, deadlines and submission information can be found online at  Questions?  Contact or 602-224-0500 ext 106.

Award recipients are announced at the Adaptive Sports USA Jr. Nationals in July.

Award Recipients

2016    Kayla Bolnick, Oregon
2015    Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss
2014    Mark Braun, Minnesota
2013    Rachel Kroener, Arizona
2012    Raymond Martin, New Jersey
2011    Jessica Rogers, Maryland
2011    Dylan Levine, New Jersey
2009    Josh Swoverland, Indiana
2008    Jill Moore, North Carolina
2007     Ryan Chalmers, New York
2006     Dana Fink, Georgia
2005     Steven Serio, New York
2004     Michael Timpa, Louisiana
2003     Mia Ives-Rublee, North Carolina
2003     Kevin Hosea, Ohio
2002     Joshua George, Virginia
2001     Sarah Castle, Colorado
2000     Jennifer Howitt, California
1999     Jessica Galli, New Jersey
1988     Joshua Brunies, Louisiana
1997     Eddie McGee, New York
1996     Becky Covington, Virginia
1995     Ashley Hovey, Colorado
1995     Tyler Byers, Washington
1993     Shannon Morrisey, Kansas
1993     Feike Waque, Holland
1992     LeAnn Shannon, Florida
1991     Abigail Park, New Jersey
1990     Eric Neitzel, California
1989     Jennifer Hazen, New Jersey
1988     Tony Lara, California
1987     Paul Hathcox, Florida
1986     Luis Betts, Washington