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June 13th-17th, 2018

Tempe & Mesa, Arizona USA

 

Desert Challenge Games began in the early 1980’s with a small group of track athletes from AzDS competing against track athletes from Tucson, AZ. In 1990, Desert Challenge Games grew to include swimming and weightlifting. In 1991, Desert Challenge was held at Arizona State University and was the Far West Regional qualifying event. Desert Challenge competition grew again to include Archery, Table Tennis and Rifle Shoot. In 1997, 2004 and 2012, the Desert Challenge organizing committee hosted Junior Nationals.  The Desert Challenge organizing committee also hosted the 2008 Paralympic Track and Field Trials. 

The host organization of the Desert Challenge Games is Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS). AzDS is the leading organization in Arizona that provides athletic opportunities for individuals with all types of disability. There are approximately 1,200 athletes as young as six years old living throughout Arizona participating in 30 adaptive programs hosted by AzDS.
 

The Desert Challenge Games were awarded the Outstanding Adaptive Program by the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association in 2013.

Registration is now open!

 

Each athlete, guide runner and coach must register online prior to deadlines listed below.

Registration includes access to the competition, commemorative event technical shirt and awards. All athletes, coaches and guide runners are required to register for the event. Guide runners will not be required to pay a fee unless selecting to utilize the transportation shuttle.

Every athlete, guide runner and coach must and complete the event waiver. Please download, print, and bring your completed waiver with you to Registrant Check-In on July 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn.


Registration fees:

  • EARLY REGISTRATION - $60.00: until April 20th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.
  • LATE REGISTRATION - $120.00: April 21st - June 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST
  • Coaches - $30.00 - NOW through June 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST
  • NOTE:  Registration will be closed on June 1st, 2018 @ 11:59 PST (late registrations will NOT be accepted & you will not be able to add or scratch events after the deadline of June 1st, 2018).

Please use these LINKS for further information and to register:

  1. IPC ATHLETES: Check the events for your classification that are listed for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
  2. Please find/know your IPC License and/or your Adaptive Sports USA number prior to beginning the registration process.
  3. This INFORMATION PACKET will answer many of your questions.

All Veterans Scholarships have been filled.  Thank you for your interest.


Toddler Run:

Toddler 30m Run on Friday at 5:00pm is a FREE All-Comers event for 2-5 year old kids with physical or visual disabilities.  To register, please click on the button below to download the fillable form. 

For additional information please contact the Event Directors at DCGames@arizonadisabledsports.com


Helpful hints for online registration:

  • The online system will charge an additional processing fee for each purchase.
  • You will be able to complete a transportation request and pay for the transportation fee through the online registration. The online site will charge an additional processing fee for this purchase.
  • If the field is not required and you do not know the answer then it probably does not pertain to you so skip the question.
  • Review the classification details and in the Information Packet prior to registering for the event.
  • Your classification status, SDMS (IPC License) number and current classification can be found on the World Para Athletics Master List.
  • The event will offer all eligible events for juniors qualifying for Junior Nationals. If your class is not listed in the dropdown box, please contact the Event Directors 

To see who else has registered, please check HERE for Athletes and HERE for Coaches & Guide Runners

Qualifying standards for National and International events:

The Desert Challenge Games is a World Para Athletics Approved event; however, CLICK HERE for additional information on  US Paralympics website. Visit the Adaptive Sports USA website for qualifying standards for entry into Junior Nationals.


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Please note: There have been updates to International and National Classification. Please read below very careful as to not miss any deadlines in regards to paperwork and documentation. 

International Classification

All athletes that compete at the Desert Challenge Games who have an IPC license and have a New, Review or Review 2018 classification status must undergo international classification evaluation at Desert Challenge Games.  To be eligible to receive an international classification evaluation appointment athletes must have a 2018 IPC license including submission of medical forms, supporting documents and must be registered for Desert Challenge Games prior to April 20th, 2018. 

Athletes who are licensed can check their classification status HERE.  To obtain an IPC license athletes can view requirements HERE.  All U.S. citizens: if you have questions regarding licensing and classification please contact Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.fox@usoc.org or 719-866-3353.  If you are not a U.S. citizen you must contact your National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for classification and licensing questions.

Desert Challenge Games will host classification for physical impairments (June 12-14), visually impaired athletes (June 13-14) and intellectually impaired athletes (June 13-14) beginning at 9:00am each day.  The classification schedule will be available approximately 2 weeks prior to competition.  Athlete date/time request CANNOT be guaranteed and athletes are expected to be available for the full classification period beginning June 12th at 9:00am for PI athletes and June 13th at 9:00am for VI and II athletes.

All U.S. athletes with an intellectual disability must first contact Athletes Without Limits before they can obtain an IPC license and receive a classification evaluation.  Click HERE for eligibility and application information. 

**Desert Challenge Games is the only international classification opportunity in North and Central America for 2018.  We are expecting the schedule to be full for this event.  If the schedule fills up priority will be given based on a ranking system using the athletes best result from 2017-present by comparing these results to the National Team A standard.  We will notify athletes of appointment request status 4-6 weeks in advance of the competition.**

Please note: As part of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix, all athletes ages 14 and older that are interested in competing with the World Para Athletics Grand Prix MUST have an IPC license.

To request an international classification appointment:

  • Athletes must have a 2018 IPC license
  • Athletes must submit medical documentation along with supporting documents
  • Athletes must register for Desert Challenge Games and obtain their license by April 20, 2018 (U.S. Athletes Only)
  • Athletes must contact Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.fox@usoc.org to request appointment

National Classification

> Athletes with Physical Impairments

All athletes that do not have an IPC license and have never been nationally classified, have a National Provisional (NP), National Review (NR) or NR 2018 status must go through national classification at Desert Challenge Games.  National classification will be offered for track and field and archery. To review national classification status in our national classification database for track and field click HERE.  All athletes that go through national classification must complete a national medical diagnostics form that can be found HERE.  The national forms do not need to be filled out by a doctor and should be submitted to Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.fox@usoc.org no later than April 20th, 2018. 

> Athletes with Visual Impairments

All athletes with a visual impairment who need a national classification must submit their medical forms to Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.fox@usoc.org by April 20th, 2018 to receive their national classification.  The VI medical form can be found HERE.

> Athletes with Intellectual Impairments

Athletes with an intellectual impairment competing in swimming or track and field at Desert Challenge Games must contact Athletes Without Limits to apply for eligibility to obtain their national classification.  Click HERE for eligibility and application information. 

Contact

Sherrice Fox is the USOC representative responsible for World Para Athletics licensure and classification. All Medical Diagnostics forms for U.S. athletes must be turned in to Sherrie Fox by April 20th, 2018.  Sherrice.Fox@usoc.org.

International athletes must contact their National Paralympic Committee (NPC) to find the appropriate contact for submitting the Medical Diagnostic forms. 

Additional Information

  1. IPC Eligibility Form
  2. IPC Medical Diagnostic- PI
  3. IPC Medical Diagnostic- VI
  4. IPC TSAL Form
     

How to check your classification status:

  • US Athletes can find additional information at US Paralympics website HERE.
  • US and International athletes can verify their classification and/or classification status on the MASTERLIST provided on the World Para Athletics web site.

Event Details

 

  • Athletics International Classification for Physical, Visual and Intellectual Impairment
  • National Classification for Athletics (Track and Field), Archery and Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Air Gun & Rifle 

Desert Challenge Games Event Details

The 2018 Desert Challenge Games Information Packet with details of the event including awards, classification, WPA licensing, drug testing, and more will be posted closer to the event. A Team Leader Manual will be distributed to all registrants the week prior to the competition. Please stay tuned for additional information as it gets closer to the event.

Every athlete, guide runner and coach must complete the event waiver. Please download this form and bring it, completed and signed, to Registrant Check-In on June 14th.

Venues

Arizona State University Joe Selleh Track and Field - 400 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281 - website
Kino Aquatic Center - 848 N. Horne Road, Mesa, AZ 85203 - website
Papago Park Archery Range - 6201 E. Oak Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 - website
Broadway Recreation Center - 59 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85210 - website
The Eye Center - 2974 N. Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224 - website

* Venue maps will be available for download closer to the event.

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NOTE: ASU has a new MONDO Track!!!


Host Hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe/ASU or Homewood Suites (properties are located right next to each other)
2102 & 2104 E Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

 

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe/ASU

$119/night plus tax for Double Queen Beds at the Hilton Garden Inn

  • Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms, and airport non-accessible shuttle. Non-accessible shuttle service is also offered within 5 miles of the hotel (ASU, Tempe Market Place, Mill Avenue).

Phone: 480-968-2180

Homewood Suites

$121/night plus tax for Double Queen/King Beds at the Homewood Suites

  • Complimentary hot breakfast, happy hour and complimentary dinner Monday - Thursday, kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms, and non-accessible airport shuttle. Several suites are available with 2 bedrooms and a common area between with pullout couch. Non-accessible shuttle service is also offered within 5 miles of the hotel (ASU, Tempe Market Place, Mill Avenue). 

Phone: 480-966-2780

For both hotels:

  • Sales Representative: Heidi Hayworth, Email: heidi.hayworth@hilton.com
  • Mention "Arizona Disabled Sports or Desert Challenge" for the group block rate available through May 7th, 2018.
  • Accessible rooms are available on a first come,first served basis

Restaurants and Things to do at Tempe Marketplace


Overflow Hotel:

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
1422 W. Bass Pro Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201

 

Run of house rooms (king & queen beds) are all $119/night plus tax.
Call 1-(888) 492-8847 - Mention "Desert Challenge Games" for the group block rate available through May 20th, 2018.
Complimentary hot breakfast daily; free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms. 

Book Online

Dining at Mesa Riverview


Transportation:
Important change to transportation for the 2018 event - please read!


The host organization will be providing a looping shuttle for athletes, coaches and guide runners that are staying at the host hotels - the Hilton Garden Inn, the Homewood Suites in Tempe or the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa. The shuttle will include transportation to/from the competition venue and classification appointments. The transportation package will not include airport transportation for the 2018 event. The shuttle will cost $50.00 per traveler and is available between Tuesday, June 12th and Sunday, June 17th. The transportation request deadline is April 20th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. Late requests will not be accepted.  

Merchandise:

Registrants will have the opportunity to purchase Desert Challenge Games merchandise on the Simply Register registration site. Items available include sunglasses, bandana, visor, water bottle, drawstring bag, sweatshirt, or t-shirt. Limited selection of these items will be available for purchase at the event.

 

Event Schedule


Schedule times and locations could be subject to change. Please check back as it gets closer to the event. Final schedule will be posted and sent out. 

Tuesday, June 12th

*International Classification - PI                9:00am-6:00pm                Hilton Garden Inn

Open Track and Field Practice                  5:00pm-8:00pm               TBD

 

Wednesday, June 13th

*International Classification - PI                9:00am-6:00pm               Hilton Garden Inn

*International Classification - II                 9:00am-6:00pm               Hilton Garden Inn

*International Classification - VI                9:00am-5:00pm               The Eye Center

Open Track and Field Practice                  9:00am-12:00pm             TBD

Open Track and Field Practice                  5:00pm-8:00pm               TBD

 

Thursday, June 14th

*International Classification - PI                9:00am-6:00pm                Hilton Garden Inn

*International Classification - VI                9:00am-5:00pm                The Eye Center

*International Classification - II                  9:00am-6:00pm                Hilton Garden Inn

*National Classification - T&F, Archery      9:00am-6:00pm                Homewood Suites

Open Track and Field Practice                  9:00am-12:00pm              ASU Joe Selleh Track

Registrant Check-in                                   9:00am-6:00pm                Hilton Garden Inn

Air Rifle and Pistol                                     4:00pm-9:00pm                Broadway Rec Center

Open Track and Field Practice                  5:00pm-8:00pm                 ASU Joe Selleh Track

Implement Weigh-in (Fri events only)        5:00pm-7:00pm                 ASU Joe Selleh Track

Field Throw Frame Pre-check available    5:00pm-7:00pm                 ASU Joe Selleh Track

Swim Coach Meeting                                 5:00pm-5:30pm                Kino Aquatic Center

Swim Warm-up                                           5:30pm-6:00pm                Kino Aquatic Center

Swim Events                                               6:00pm-9:00pm                Kino Aquatic Center

Track & Field Coach Meeting                     8:00pm-9:00pm                Hilton Garden Inn

 

Friday, June 15th

Track and Field Officials Meeting                6:00am-6:30am                 ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Events                               7:00am-12:00pm                ASU Joe Selleh Track

Implement Weigh-in (Sat events only)        9:00am-11:00am                ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Officials Meeting               4:00pm-4:30pm                  ASU Joe Selleh Track

Welcome Ceremony                                   4:45pm-5:00pm                  ASU Joe Selleh Track

Toddler Run                                                5:00pm-5:10pm                  ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Events                               5:00pm-9:00pm                  ASU Joe Selleh Track

 

Saturday, June 16th

Track and Field Officials Meeting               6:00am-6:30am                   ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Events                              7:00am-12:00pm                 ASU Joe Selleh Track

Implement Weigh-in (Sat PM events only)  9:00am-11:00am                ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Officials Meeting               4:00pm-4:30pm                   ASU Joe Selleh Track

Track and Field Events                               5:00pm-9:00pm                   ASU Joe Selleh Track

 

Sunday, June 17th

Archery Events - Adults (21+)                  7:30am-9:30am                    Papago Archery Range

Archery Events - Juniors (6-20)               10:00am-12:00pm                Papago Archery Range

 

*All classification scheduling is by appointment only.


2018 DC Games Results


* Results will be posted after the event. 

2017 DC Games Results:

Thank you to the professional photographers that support this event every year - 

Ability360
Sports N Spokes - Chris Divirgilio
Gabe Trujillo
Dave Trujillo
Oscar Venegas
Mark Grant
Linda Countryman

2014 Desert Challenge Games Results:

2013 Desert Challenge Games Results:

 

Sponsor The Games!

 

Pay online with credit/debit card or mail payment to Arizona Disabled Sports, Attn: Desert Challenge Games, PO Box 4727, Mesa, AZ 85211. Contact the AzDS office at 480.835.6273 with questions in regard to sponsorship. 

Platinum Sponsor - $15,000
Banner opportunity at all events, logo and web link on AzDS website, logo representation on event t-shirt, full advertising page in the event program, 10x20 vendor booth at events, recognition on social media sites, and sponsor gift to recognize support, representative may assist with award presentation.

Gold Sponsor - $10,000
Banner opportunity at all events, logo on AzDS website, logo representation on event t-shirt, one-half page advertisement page in the event program, 10x20 vendor booth at events, recognition on social media sites, and sponsor gift to recognize support.

Silver Sponsor - $5,000
Banner opportunity at all events, logo representation on event t-shirt, one-quarter advertising page in the event program, 10x10 vendor booth at events, recognition on social media sites, and sponsor gift to recognize support.

Bronze Sponsor - $3,000
Banner opportunity at all events, logo in event program, 10x10 vendor booth at events, recognition on social media sites, and sponsor gift to recognize support.

Goodwill Sponsor - $1,000
Name in program and 10x10 vendor booth at track and field events.

Track & Field Vendor Booth - $400
10x10 vendor booth at track and field events.

Downloads

Sponsorship commitment must be made prior to Friday, April 20th, 2018 for guaranteed representation in marketing materials.

We ❤️ Our Volunteers!

Arizona Disabled Sports needs approximately 375 volunteers for the annual Desert Challenge Games as well as the group of approximately 20 dedicated committee members. We encourage individuals and groups to sign-up to volunteer.

General Volunteers: There will be volunteer opportunities from Tuesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 17, 2018. Please use the button below to be directed to Sign-up Genius, which lists general volunteer responsibilities and the needed time slots.

Photographer Volunteers: If you are an individual with expertise in taking action photos, please consider donating your time by using the Sign-up Genius button below for specific photographer volunteer needs.

Nina Bernando
Volunteer Coordinator
nina@arizonadisabledsports.com
480.835.6273