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International Paralympic Games

In its history, UA Adaptive Athletics Program has sent 27 athletes and alumni to the Paralympic Games. With its first competition in Rome, Italy in 1960, the Paralympic Games provide elite competition for the world's best, most accomplished disabled athletes and athletes with impairment.

While this program has been well represented over the years at the Games, 2013 saw the highest presence of UA athletes:

About handcycling

The newest team to be added to the Adaptive Athletics program, handcycling is an emerging sport worldwide and is increasingly popular with athletes. Given Tucson’s vibrant cycling community, there are many opportunities to compete and ride recreationally including El Tour de Tucson, an annual event attracting cyclists worldwide.

About Track & Road Racing

Track & Road Racing has been a competitive team on campus since 1997. Today athletes participate in prominent road races and track events including: The Jim Click Run 'N' Roll, Gasparilla Distance Classic, Carlsbad 5,000, Bloomsday 12K, Arizona Distance Classic, Desert Challenge, and the Peachtree 10k, and the Paralympics. The team also competes in the National Track Championships. Training consists of a combination of road work, roller workouts, and practice at the UA track facility.

About tennis

The Wheelchair Tennis team has a long history on campus of producing top level athletes. Team members and alumni are regularly represented on World Team Cup and in the Paralympics. The team competes nationally in three tournaments per semester, including the Fab-U-Life Desert Classic, held annual in Tucson. The team practices three times per week and is expected to do strength and conditioning training three days per week.

About Quad Rugby

Since the late 1980’s, Quad Rugby has been a competitive and popular sport on campus. As a member of the United States Quad Rugby Association, the team competes in at least two tournaments per semester and has received high honors at Nationals in the last few years.  Players have three practices per week and are expected to do strength and conditioning at least three times per week.

About Women's Basketball

In the 13-year history of the Women’s Basketball team, our athletes have become one of the most competitive teams in the nation, winning the NWBA Championship in 2012. The team travels around the country to compete against both men and women. The athletes practice four days a week in addition to their strength and conditioning train three days a week.

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