EVENT AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
I used to have lots of dreams where I could run and play and jump like the other kids Now that I do adaptive sports and have met kids like me, I don’t have those dreams anymore. Now I just dream about winning medals in races.Kelsie K. Fredericksburg, VA
Being part of the adaptive sports world opened up so many opportunities for both me and my family. The opportunities have allowed me to travel the world. These opportunities not only helped me to develop further as an athlete, but also helped me to develop as an individual. I learned how to be independent at a young age, which is a challenge for any child, regardless of disability.Jessie (Galli) Cloy, Paralympian, Adaptive Sports USA Member
2018 Series of Sanctioned Events announced January 1st.
Adaptive Sports USA sanctions around 20 events annually which vary in level and scope. Sanctioning approves the holding of a competitive multi-disability, multi-sport and/or single sport event in the United States. One or more of the following sports are included: archery, athletics (track and field), powerlifting, shooting, swimming and/or table tennis. The sanction represents an event’s commitment to following national and international rules and regulations for each of the individual sports and to provide a safe environment for participants and spectators.
Adaptive Sports USA works alongside our nationwide network of chapter members to create the sanctioned event opportunities for youth and adults, including disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Examples of longstanding events include the University of Central Oklahoma’s Endeavor Games, Arizona’s Desert Challenge Games, Dixie Games in the Southwest, the Gateway Games in Missouri, the Great Lakes Regional Games serving the greater Chicago Area and the Tri-State Regional Meet covering the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Over the past three years, Adaptive Sports USA has helped launch four new events to include the Angel City Games in Los Angeles, CA, 5280 Challenge in Denver, CO and the Bee Hive Games in Salt Lake County, UT, Dairyland Games in Middleton, WI.
These events serve over 1000 athletes with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments annually and expose the broader community to the possibilities through sport. They serve as qualifying opportunities for national competitions such as the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals and U.S. Paralympics National Championships and Team Trials for athletes aspiring to advance along the athlete pipeline. The events are also good training opportunities for those involved in the National Veteran Wheelchair Games and Valor Games.
Click below to sort and view our upcoming sanctioned events by sport or region. Adaptive Sports USA sanctions the following sports: Archery, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, and Track & Field. You can also view the sanctioned events in calendar format. View calendar format.