May 8, 2013
The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program adds Handcycling to its list of Competitive Sport Teams.
Handcycling is an emerging sport worldwide and its popularity is rapidly increasing among athletes with disabilities. The Adaptive Athletic Program will offer University of Arizona student athletes the opportunity to compete in this competitive sport by providing partial tuition assistance, academic support, coaching and operational support. Community members will also be able to train with the team, however operational expenses are exclusively for student athletes enrolled at the university. The University of Arizona is the first university to have a Handcycling team as part of its program.
The Adaptive Athletic Program is housed in the Disability Resource Center. The following six sports are offered to student athletes with disabilities; men and women’s basketball, tennis, quad rugby, track/road racing, and now Handcyling. Essentially, these sports are offered to students who are wheelchair users that can’t assimilate into existing university athletic or intramural activities. The institutional commitment to provide a full range of educational experiences to all students is a firm one. The benefits to active student-athletes with disabilities are well documented with regard to both physical and social development. The Adaptive Athletic Program is situated somewhere between a Division I NCAA team and club sport status.
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