Adaptive sports for Arizona kids

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An adaptive tennis program at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. Photo: Ability360.

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
5031 E Washington St, Phoenix
602-386-4566 •
Two full-size sport courts, indoor suspended track, 35-foot rock climbing wall, fitness center/weight room, group fitness room, aquatic center. Basketball, sit volleyball, power soccer, quad rugby, other team sports. Wheelchair-accessible exercise equipment, lap pool, therapy pool, spa. Pools accessible by chairlift. Lap and therapy pools provide entry by elevator. Lap pool has lowered bench for transferring directly from wheelchair to water.

Arizona Disabled Sports
All-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with all types of disabilities, including orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and/or neurological involvement.

Arizona Sports Complex
3555 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale
602-670-5003 • arizonasportscomplex/sunshine-league
AZ Sunshine League is a place for children with special needs to play soccer and socialize with others. Sundays at 1:30pm.

Asthma Athletics
602-999-3325 •
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 Chandler Therapeutic Recreation Program
480-782-2709 • (search “therapeutic recreation”)
Strives to meet the leisure needs of those who are active in sheltered workshop, special education classes; for anyone whose mental and/or physical disabilities limit regular recreation participation.

City of Glendale Adaptive Programs
623-930-4335 •
Specially designed activities for individuals with physical, mental, emotional or social disabilities. Bowling, swimming, dances, field trips and more. Also supports Special Olympics Softball & Challenger Little League with City of Peoria.

City of Mesa Adaptive Leisure
480-644-4948 •
Staff and support provided for all recreation programs to allow individuals with disabilities to participate. Staff and volunteers are partnered with individuals who require special assistance.

City of Phoenix Adaptive Recreation Services
Programs for individuals with special needs. Daring Adventures provides young people and adults—regardless of disability or financial need—with wilderness adventures, including weeklong river trips through the River Rampage program. Telephone Pioneers of America Park features two beep-baseball fields (for visually impaired), therapeutic heated pool, wheelchair-accessible playground, 18-station exercise course, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard.

City of Scottsdale Adapted Recreation Services
480-312-2234 • (search “adaptive”)
Recreation programs, adapted sports and social opportunities for individuals of all ages with special needs. Programs include inclusion support for special needs students in afterschool programs, Chaparral Teen Connection program, monthly Adapted Recreation Services Dance and Social Club and the Spectacular Saturday Club.

City of Surprise Adaptive Recreation Programs
623-222-2240 •
Programs for all ability levels. “Buddy” programs include individuals who assist players as needed in bowling, basketball, baseball and bocce ball. DreamCatcher Park is a multi-use, barrier-free athletic facility that hosts baseball, soccer, track and field programs and mainstream T-ball, coach-pitch baseball.

City of Tempe Adapted Recreation
480-858-2469 •
Programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs include bowling league, Camp Challenge, Friday night social activities, LEAP afterschool program, recreation classes, Special Olympics (City of Tempe delegation).

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.

480-994-KIDS (5437) •
Swim lessons for children with autism. Uses visual supports (iPads, photos, schedules, peg boards, timers) for communication during swim lessons.

Miracle League of Arizona
11130 E. Cholla St. #I-110, Scottsdale
480-686-8137 •
Provides a safe, successful and enjoyable baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special needs. Ages 4 and older are placed in a league based on age and skill level and are matched with “buddies” (one-on-one friends/helpers).

Paladin Sports Outreach
Mighty Pals Sports (flag football and soccer) is a community-based recreational sports program designed to meet the needs of children and youth with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts & Healing Center
7830 E Redfield Rd #11/12, Scottsdale
480-200-1187 •
ME Program (Mental & Martial Enrichment) assists with the mental and physical development of children with ADD and ADHD. Programs help kids improve mental focus, self-control and school performance and help them build and maintain healthy relationships with peers, family members and others.

Special Olympics Arizona
Year-round sports training, competitions and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)
A community-based program designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The program, geared toward player development rather than competition, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to anyone age 5 or older who has a mental or physical disability. TOPSoccer offers a modified version of the game, specifically altered to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete. For more information, contact Arizona Youth Soccer Association Technical Director Austin Daniels at 602-433-9202 or

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