Arizona Disabled Sports
An all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with all types of disabilities, including mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and/or neurological involvement. The Association provides year round sports training and competition through partnerships with Special Olympics, Wheelchair Sports USA, Disabled Sports USA and the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Approximately 500 local athletes participate in seasonal training sessions and competitions and an additional 350 athletes from throughout the country compete in various associations-sponsored events, including the Desert Challenge Games (the largest annual athletic competition for physically disabled athletes held in the southwestern United States) and the MASD Power Soccer Tournament, a competition held for athletes who use power wheelchairs to play soccer. In addition, recreational opportunities such as SkiAble and Skiin’ Blind and informational workshops are held annually.
602-999-3325 • asthmaathletics.com
A non-profit corporation dedicated to education and athletic training for asthmatics so they may enjoy healthy and full lives despite disability. Instruction for all ages in a variety of different athletic pursuits including swimming, soccer and other land-sports.
City of Mesa Adaptive Leisure Programs
Organizes sports activities for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities.
Foundation for Blind Children Adaptive Recreation SHARP Program
The Sports, Habilitation, Art & Recreation Program (SHARP) is an open-entry, open-exit program for blind and visually impaired school age children. The SHARP program is held on Saturdays during the school year and each Saturday there is a different activity, such as goalball, beep baseball, cooking, art, fitness and more. The program provides multiple opportunities for blind and visually impaired children to develop hobbies, friend, interests and independence.
Special Olympics Arizona
Provides year-round sports training, competitions and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit)
5031 E Washington St, Phoenix
602-386-4566 • spofit.org
Features two full-size sport courts, an indoor suspended track, 35-foot rock climbing wall, fitness center/weight room, group fitness room and an aquatic center. The sport courts can accommodate basketball, sit volleyball, power soccer, quad rugby and other team sports. The fitness center features accessible equipment which allows users to simply pull up to the machine to utilize its benefits. The aquatic center contains a lap pool, therapy pool and spa. All three pools are accessible by chairlift. The lap pool and therapy pools also provide entry by elevator. The lap pool is designed with a lowered bench for transferring directly from a wheelchair to the water.
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