Adaptive Sports for All
Arizona Disabled Sports is affiliated with several national organizations whose primary purpose is to provide sporting opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. These include Disabled Sports USA, Adaptive Sports USA, and US Paralympics.
These sports programs for individuals with physical disabilities are designed for athletes ages 6 through adulthood who have orthopedic, neurological, or sensory impairments. This may include, but is not limited to, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, amputation, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, and visual impairment.
“Last season was great! Almost everyone had personal best times and I can't wait to see even more improvement in 2018!”
Stephen Binning, wheelchair track assistant coach and athlete
Come on out and hit the bull’s eye! Learn practical skills of stance, grip, draw-back, anchoring and release while you build strength and increase your accuracy. The necessary equipment, adapted to your needs, is provided, but individuals may bring their own bows and arrows. AZ Heat archery team practices from January through May, with the culminating competition at Desert Challenge.
Bowling is a life-long sport enjoyed by everyone! Come and learn the basics of form and the rules while you compete against others of similar abilities. Adaptive equipment is provided. Join AzDS at the AMF Lanes in Mesa from September through December and enjoy the Holiday Tournament/Party, the culminating competition. There is an additional cost to the alley of $5.50 per week for shoe rental and 2 games.
Enjoy the fresh air while you gain practical cycling skills as you build your endurance, increase your speed, and improve your technique. Adaptive cycles are provided, including both hand cranked and foot powered three wheelers. Join AzDS for cycling at El Dorado Park from September through December with a potential sponsorship in Tucson’s El Tour de Tucson ride in November.
Like to be on the lake? Join AzDS and improve your skills in paddling and steering while increasing your endurance and speed, all while enjoying the outdoors. Adaptive equipment, kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices are provided. Demonstration of water skills during water orientation at a local pool is required prior to an individual’s experience on open water. AzDS kayaking season runs September through December
Power soccer is the fastest growing team sport designed for people of all ages who use a power wheelchair in their everyday life. Join AzDS’ teams and learn the rules, techniques, and teamwork skills necessary to enjoy this highly competitive sport. Practices at the Broadway Recreation Center are weekly from September through June, with League Day competitions and a culminating national tournament within the US.
Join the swim team and improve your stroke skills, speed, and endurance while exercising in a heated 25yd lap pool. The AzDS aquatics program is not designed to teach swim lessons to non-swimmers. The season runs from February through May, with the culminating competition at Desert Challenge.
Love to go fast? Come and join the AZ Heat track team! You will gain practical skills in running or pushing form and body position while building your endurance and increasing your speed. Adapted track racers are available for wheelchair users.
You can also learn the proper techniques for discus, javelin, shot put, and long jump on our competitive field team. Throwing chairs are provided for non-ambulatory athletes.
The track and field teams train at Mesa High School from January through May, with the culminating competition at the Desert Challenge games in June.
The wheelchair basketball program is a great team sport for junior athletes. Come and improve your skills in dribbling, shooting, and passing while having fun competing in our Jr. Suns program. The Prep team is for athletes 6 to 12 years old. The Junior team is for those athletes ages 13 through high school and is part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. You do not need to be a wheelchair user to compete in this great sport! Practices at the Broadway Recreation Center are weekly from September through March with regional and national competitions.
Like to shoot or want to learn? Well then, our air gun & rifle program is for you! You will gain practical skills in the art of shooting and marksmanship. AzDS provides all the rifles, stands, tables, chairs, pistols, and pellets for each participant. We can also provide the necessary adaptive equipment for an individual with a visual impairment to practice as well. The sport is played inside a gymnasium at 10 meters distance. Practices are held at the Broadway Recreation Center March through May, with the culminating competition at Desert Challenge.
Equipment Rental is available - Please click here for more information.
Registration & Costs
AzDS charges a registration fee per season which supports the costs of facilities, coaches and uniforms. The seasonal fee structure includes:
$50 for one sport
$65 for two sports
$80 for three or more sports
2018 Winter/Spring Program Schedule (updated 2.22.2018)
Paper registration is no longer available. Contact the office at (480) 835-6273 if having trouble with the online system.
All athletes are required to complete the AzDS Liability Waiver.
Arizona Disabled Sports
Attn: Nina Bernardo
59 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85210