Competitive wheelchair sports activities began in the late 1940's when disabled war veterans began tossing a basketball around their hospital ward, according to the Paralyzed Veterans of America Association.
The psychological and physical benefits of sports participation opened up exciting opportunities and challenges for disabled athletes. In 1957, the first National Wheelchair Games were held in New York City. Since then, wheelchair sports activities have grown to international status and are attended by thousands each year.
Whether you are an athlete or not, exercise is essential to your health and well being. Following is a list of global organizations dedicated to furthering wheelchair sports activities.
Organizations Championing Wheelchair Sports Activities
American Association of Adapted Sports Programs
P.O. Box 451047, Atlanta, GA 31145
Ph: 404-294-0070, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Works in partnership with education agencies in the U.S. to establish programs, policies, procedures, and regulations in interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities to enhance educational outcomes.
Achilles Track Club
42 West 38th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10018
Ph: 212-354-0300, e-mail: AchillesClub@aol.com
Achilles’ mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream track and running athletics to promote personal achievement, enhanced self esteem, and the lowering of barriers between people.
4840 Pearl East Circle - 201W, Boulder, CO 80301
Ph: 877-303-2770, Email: email@example.com
Adaptive Adventures identifies, promotes, and provides progressive recreational opportunities and wheelchair sports activities for people with disabilities and their families.
Alberta Amputee Sport & Recreation Association
P.O. Box 708, Station M, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 2J3
Ph: 888-501-0507, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Association supports and provides opportunity for amputees in recreation and sporting activities, in both disabled and able bodied events.
Australian Athletes with a Disability
Building A 1 Herb Elliott Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
P.O. Box 4083 Homebush NSW 2140
Ph: 61-2-8116-9720, Email: email@example.com
Australian Athletes with a Disability is responsible for the administration of Australian Sports Organisation for the Disabled, Cerebral Palsy Sports and Recreation Federation of Australia and Wheelchair Sports Australia.
Australian Sports Commission
PO Box 176, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia
Ph: 61-2-6214-1111, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The AIS is a pre-eminent elite sports training institution in Australia with world class facilities and support services.
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
www.borp.org ph: 510-849-4663, E-mail: email@example.com
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program provides challenging and innovative sports and recreation programs to area residents with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
British Columbia Wheelchair Sports Association
780 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Y7
Ph: 877.737.3090, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Columbia Wheelchair Sports is a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities.
Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association
#108-2255 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON, K1G 4K3
Ph: 613-523-0004, Email: email@example.com
The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association is a national sport organization representing wheelchair athletes.
Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association
10428-132 Street Edmonton, AB T5N 1Z2
Ph.49-2641-916073, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CPISRA is committed to providing wheelchair sports activities and opportunities to those with cerebral palsy and related impairments.
Dansk Handicap IdrÊts-Forbund
Idrættens Hus, Brøndby Stadion 20, 2605 Brøndby
Ph: 4326-2626, Email: email@example.com
Disabled Sports USA
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
Voice: 301-217-0960, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled Sports USA is a national nonprofit, tax exempt organization providing sports and recreation services to children and adults with disabilities.
Disability Sport South Africa
Mandeville Sports Club, Corner 10th Street & 7th Avenue, Bezuidenhout Valley 2094
Ph: 011-616-7576, Email: email@example.com
DSSA provides access to all persons with a disability in South Africa to participate in wheelchair sports activities and recreation enabling them to achieve their potential.
Far West Wheelchair Athletics Association - San Jose, California
1677 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95126
Ph: 408-794-1443, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Far West Wheelchair Sports promotes sports competition, recreation and fitness to people with physical disabilities and to recognize those achievements withing the community.
Finnish Association of Sports for the Disabled
Suomen Invalidien Urheiliitto, Kumpulantie 1, Finland, 00520 Helsinki
Ph: 019-613-191, Email: email@example.com
Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association
235 Wealthy Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Ph: 616-242-0351, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association is designed to help children and adults whose physical challenges require them to use a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports.
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
400 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Ph: 847-283-0908, Email: email@example.com
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association exists to promote and optimal development and well being of youth and adults who have a primary physical or visual impairment through recreational, fitness and competitive wheelchair sports activities.
International Paralympic Committee
Adenauerallee 212-214, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Ph: 49-228-2097-200 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves as the international governing body of sports for disabled athletes, acts as the International Federation for 12 sports, and supervises the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions.
K.S.I. "START" Szczecin
ul. Litewska 20, 71-344 Szczecin, Poland
Ph: 48-91- 431-58 -35, E-mail: email@example.com
Michigan Wheelchair Athletic Association
144410 Vale Court, Sterling heights, Michigan 48312
Ph: 810-446-2489, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Athletic Association hosts regional qualifying meets that are prerequisites for national competition, for athletes with mobility challenges. Athletes compete in a wide variety of wheelchair sports activities from track and field events to swimming.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
1801 Mile High Stadium Circle, Suite 1500, Denver, CO 80204
Ph: 303-293-5711, Email: email@example.com
Founded in 1970, the National Sports Center for the Disabled's mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports.
National Disability Sports Alliance
25 West Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881
Ph: 401-792-7130, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Disability Sports Alliance is the national coordinating body for competitive sports for individuals with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and survivors of stroke.
National Wheelchair Basketball Association
1130 Elkton Street, Suite C, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
Ph: 719-266-4082, Email: email@example.com
National Wheelchair Basketball Association is comprised of 181 basketball teams within twenty-two conferences and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the U.S. and Canada.
National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association
9757 Mount Lompoc Ct., Las Vegas, NV 89178
Ph: 703-817-1215 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: nwpainc.org
Established in 1994. the National Wheelchair Poolplayers Aossciation is the sanctioning body of all organized wheelchair billiards.
National Wheelchair Softball Association
13414 Paul Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Ph: 402-305-5020 Email: email@example.com
National Wheelchair Softball Association serves as the governing body for wheelchair softball in the United States. The game is played under the official rules of the 16-inch slow pitch softball as approved by the Amateur Softball Association of America with some exceptions geared toward the wheelchair user.
New South Wales Wheelchair Sports Association
PO Box 3244, Putney NSW 2112 , Australia
Ph: 02-9809-5260, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New South Wales Wheelchair Sports Association is the largest disability sporting group in Australia and conducts a wide and diverse range of wheelchair sports activities and programs catering to the novice to the elite paralympian.
Norwegian Sports Organization for the Disabled
Serviceboks 1, Ullevål stadion, 0840 Oslo, Norway
Ph: 47-21-02-90-00, Email: email@example.com
Norwegian Sports Organization for the disabled is sports association for physically disabled, visually impaired, deaf and mentally handicapped.
Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association
02-1185 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario M3C 3C6, Canada
Ph:416-426-7189, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association develops and supports opportunities for all members to participate in the association's wheelchair sports activities to the best of their ability.
3 Concorde Gate, Suite 104, Toronto, Ontario M3C 3N7, Canada
Ph: 800-265-1539, Email: email@example.com
Paralympics Ontario provides leadership, resources, and opportunities for persons with a disability in the Ontario sport and recreation community.
Power Football Canada
www.powerfootballcanada.com, Email: Claude Guilbault(President) firstname.lastname@example.org
Powerchair Football Canada develops the sport of power wheelchair soccer on an international level.
Quebec Wheelchair Sports Association
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin, C.P. 1000, Succ. M, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H1V 3R2
Ph: 514-252-3108, Email: email@example.com
Quebec Wheelchair Association is the governance group for wheelchair sports activities in Quebec.
Wheelchair Race Series-British Columbia
#224-1367 W. Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6H 4A9
Ph: 877-737-3090, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheelchair Race Series promotes the sport of wheelchair racing in British Columbia's lower mainland region and throughout the province.
Wheelchair Sports Alberta
11759 Groat Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5M 3K6, Canada
Ph: 750-427-8699, Email: email@example.com
Wheelchair Sports Alberta is the governing body for wheelchair sports in Alberta.
Wheelchair Sports South Australia
75185 Folland Avenue, Northgate, SA 5085, Australia
Ph: 08-8349-6366, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheelchair Sports South Australia is dedicated to serving those with spinal impairment, amputation or classifiable disability by providingh the maximum opportunity to participate in wheelchair sports activities and recreation.
Wheelchair Sports Victoria – Australia
341 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
Ph: 03-9473-0133, Email: email@example.com
Wheelchair Sports Victoria is a club for people in wheelchairs and offer extensive opporunities for competitive sports.
Wheelchair Sports, USA
P.O. Box 5266, Kendall Park, NJ 08824
Ph: 732-266-2634, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dedicated to the guidance and growth of wheelchair sports.
World T.E.A.M. Sports
4250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Suite 420, Holbrook, NY 11741
Ph: 855-987-8326, Email: email@example.com
World T.E.A.M. Sports brings individuals with and without disabilities together to undertake unique athletic events throughout the world to encourage, promote, and develop opportunities in sports for all people.
World Wheelchair Sports
3553 George Court, Eugene, OR 97401
Ph: 541-485-1860, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Wheelchair Sports provides recreational wheelchair sports activities for people with mobility impairments.
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