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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Championships in 2012 and 2014. 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 training three days a week.
UA Adaptive Athletics actively recruits top athletes from around the US and abroad. To recruit and retain our most promising junior and student athletes we must be able to offer scholarships that competitive compared to other universities.
All University of Arizona adaptive athletic opportunities are open to both students and community members. Because of the competitive nature of our teams, all potential players must be deemed eligible by coaching staff and must meet any national standards for classification.
Adaptive Athletics actively recruits top athletes from around the US and abroad. To recruit and retain our most promising junior and student athletes, we offer a range of scholarships. Some of our scholarships come directly from fundraised dollars.
The most successful and comprehensive program of its kind, the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program houses six competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. In its 40 year history, Adaptive Athletics has sent 27 athletes to the Paralympics and has won a number of national titles, making this program a leader in the adaptive and wheelchair sports community. With excellent disability and athletics resources, and weather that allows for competition and training year round, UA is home to a dynamic and vibrant wheelchair and adaptive sports community.