Since 1967, providing adaptive sports opportunities to wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. www.disabledsportsusa.org
The mission of Disabled Sports USA is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in adaptive sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters.
Disabled Sports USA provides adaptive sports opportunities to people with disabilities, including wounded warriors, youth and adults. Disabilities include those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism, related intellectual disabilities and significant nerve and muscle damage.
Sports include: Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, sled hockey, golf, cycling, kayaking, tennis, outrigger canoeing, water-skiing, sailing, fishing, Scuba, swimming, river rafting, rock/ice climbing, hiking, track and field, triathlon, equestrian, shooting, wheelchair basketball and archery.
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Sports rehabilitation takes place year-round inside major military hospitals (including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in D.C., Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Naval Medical Center in San Diego), VA hospitals and Warrior Transition Units. Support continues when warriors return home through nearly 100 sports clinics across the US each year.