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Recreation: Sports: General

State Listings: AL / CA / IL / OH / UT / WI / / (Official USPS State Abbreviations)


Sitski sells sporting equipment for the disabled. The site features a listing of adaptive sport programs around the country and in Europe and Canada. Also listed is their inventory of mono-skis and equipment, extreme adaptive sports information, accessories and videos. The page is a very good resource for individuals with disabilities to explore sports because along with winter activities, the page has summer sports information and products, like the Handcycle. Information about learning to do these activities as well as pictures round off the content of the site. If you want to know more, visit their homepage.

Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with mental retardation to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with mental retardation year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics. Children and adults with mental retardation who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but "their voices" as well. To get involved, contact your local Special Olympics Program. To locate a Program near you, visit their website.


Disabled Sports USA provides a schedule of events for DS/USA, quick links to chapter web sites, regions, adapted fitness workshops and seminars, and other web sites related to disabilities, sports and recreation.

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), headquartered in Winter Park, Colorado, is a non-profit organization that provides recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Winter activities include recreational downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. NSCD provides snowshoeing lessons, year-round competition, and training to ski racers with disabilities. Summer recreation opportunities include biking, hiking, in-line skating, sailing, therapeutic horseback riding, white water rafting, baseball, fishing, rock climbing for the blind, and camping. Scholarships are offered throughout the year. For more information, call (303) 293-5711 or e-mail info@nscd.org.

United States Adaptive Recreation Center located in Big Bear Lake, California provides adults and children with disabilities the instruction and resources required to participate in exciting and challenging outdoor recreation. They offer adaptive instruction on a number of summer and winter outdoor sports and offer special sporting events. For more information, call (909) 584-0269 or e-mail usarc@usarc.org.

State Listings


Lakeshore Foundation offers recreational sports programs to children and adults who have experienced a wide range of conditions including Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord injury, strokes, amputations, head injury or Cerebral Palsy. Activities are offered on their 45-acre campus in Birmingham, Alabama. Programs include aquatics, tennis, track and field, basketball, rugby, wheelchair sports, amputee sports, Cerebral Palsy sports, hand cycling and more. For more information, call (888) 868-2303 or e-mail information@lakeshore.org.


Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) offers people with physical disabilities and visual impairments recreational fitness and sports activities. Activities include, basketball, tennis, rugby, rafting, bowling, skiing, hiking and much more. For more information, call (510) 849-4663 or e-mail borp@borp.org.


Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), located in Lake Forest, Illinois, is an independent sports organization for individuals with physical and/or visual impairments offering a variety of competitive and recreational sports programs. Sporting programs include archery, bowling, basketball, dance, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming and many more. Each sporting program's schedule and fees vary. For more information, call (847) 283-0908 or e-mail c.housner.glasa@worldnet.att.net.


The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC), located in Columbus, Ohio, has a mission to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing sports and recreational activities. They offer a varity of adapted sports programs including, alpine skiing, cycling, ice skating, sailing, paddling (canoe and kayak) and water skiing. For more information, call (614) 293-4963.

Adapted Recreational Sports (ARS) Program in the Department of Recreational Sports at the Ohio State University offers the opportunity to remain physically active, to connect with others, and t explore new challenges. They offer customized programming to meet your needs including a ne stretching program and outdoor advanture activities to increase your strength, flexibility, and endurance. Feature programs include water exercise classes for arthritis and multiple sclerosis. For more information call the Department of Recreational Sports at the Ohio State University at (614) 292-7671.

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers a Therapeutic Recreation Program. This program serves people with all disabilities who are at least eight years old. Activities include swimming, aerobics and wheelchair basketball. There is no cost to participate. For more information, call (614) 645-5648.


National Ability Center, located in Park City, Utah, offers a broad range of sports programs and outdoor activities for individuals with both physical and developmental disabilities. Through the use of adapted equipment, trained instructors, volunteers, and specialized techniques, the Ability Center helps to facilitate athletic endeavors and encourage physical activity among people with disabilities. Sporting activities include, skiing and snowboarding, bobsledding, horseback riding, waterskiing, swimming, canoeing, climbing, and cycling, among others. For more information, e-mail info@nac1985.org or call (435) 649-3991 (Voice/TTY).


Blind Outdoor Leisure Development - Southeastern Wisconsin Lions BOLD Inc. offers people with visual imapairments a wide varity of sports-related activities. Activities include roller skating, indoor swimming, canoeing, tandem biking, raft trips, horseback riding, beep baseball, nature walks picnics, water skiing, sailing, fishing, sky diving, square dancing and much more. For more information, call (262) 548-9114.

Independence First sponsers several recreational events in the metro Milwaukee area. Some of these events are wheelchair football, bowling, and winners on wheels. In addition, Independence First offers other sports like basketball, softball, volleyball, and many more. These sporting opportunities are available for adults as well as children. For those winter months, there is the Southeastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program. The program involves using adaptive equipment and provides participants to ski safely and as independently as possible. Participants are required to take a lesson in advance, which can be arranged through the Independence First office. For more information, visit their website or contact 600 W. Virginia, Suite #301, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204, (414) 291-7520.

Milwaukee Recreation offers a number of exciting programs for people with disabilities living in the Greater Milwaukee area. Activities include aerobics, bowling, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, cooking, dancing, swimming, self defense and much more. There are also very practical and informative classes being offered, such as Life Skills for Independence, Guardianship and Disabilities: What Every Parent Needs to Know, and Lights Action, Advocate. Minimal fees apply. To learn of class times and dates, call (414) 647-6065 or e-mail therapeutic@milwaukeerecreation.net.

Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition through seven area offices throughout Wisconsin. Sports include alpine skiing, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country skiing, golf, gymnastics, power lifting, snow boarding, snowshoe racing, soccer, softball / tee ball, speed skating, tennis and volleyball. State competitions are held throughout the year. To learn more, call (800) 552-1324.

Wisconsin Hoofers, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a variety of outdoor activities for people of all abilities. Activities include adaptive sailing, horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, caving, cross country skiing, SCUBA diving and much more. You must be a member of the Wisconsin Union to participate in Hoofer Activities. For more information, call (608) 262-1630.

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