Arizona Disabled Sports
Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at the Broadway Recreation Center in Mesa, Arizona. In partnership with the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and Mesa Public Schools, AzDS provides adaptive sports, recreation and social opportunities for individuals ages six and above with all types of disabilities. This can include but is not limited to developmental disabilities, orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and or neurological involvement. Through participation, individuals will improve their physical, emotional and social health, feel empowered, improve their self-esteem and learn respect for themselves and others. Weekly adaptive sports programs include air rifle, aquatics, archery, basketball, bocce ball, bowling, cheerleading, cycling (short and long-distance), Dragon Boat, floor hockey, golf, hiking, kayaking, power soccer, rock climbing, soccer, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. AzDS also facilitates several special events and competitions throughout the year, including the Desert Challenge Games – a multi-day, international competition for adaptive air pistol & rifle, archery, swimming and track and field – Pedal N’ Paddle Fest, West Coast Conference Bid Regional Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Disneyland Adventure, Camp Carley and SkiAble Adaptive Alpine Experience. Qualified staff, coaches and volunteers understand the unique challenges people with disabilities often face when trying to participate in sports and recreation activities and are able to provide individualized instruction and support to ensure anyone with a desire to participate has the ability to do so. Living by its motto, “Let no one sit on the sidelines,” Arizona Disabled Sports believes all abilities should have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life through sports and recreation.