The largest and most successful collegiate-based program in the country, the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program houses six competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. In its 42 year history, Adaptive Athletics has sent 33 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.
The University of Arizona's Adaptive Athletic Program offers UA student athletes the opportunity to fully compete in sports through:
- Partial tuition assistance
- Weekly tutoring sessions and academic skills workshops
- Fitness and training
- Operational support
- Wheelchair maintenance and repair
*Community members may also able to train with the team, once approved by the coaching staff, however operational support is solely for student athletes enrolled at UA.
A Commitment to Student Access
UA has a firm, longstanding commitment to student access. As a Division I school of the NCAA, UA offers athletic opportunities to all of its students. Adaptive Athletics provides a range of competitive athletics and recreational sport to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. Each athlete in Adaptive Athletics Program is expected to meet high academic standards and represent the UA and Tucson community with pride and professionalism. In return, they are able to compete nationally and internationally against world-class athletes, and have access to training, practice facilities, and staff.A variety of sport wheelchairs are available for individuals to use, including some of the most current models from top manufacturers. Promotional and awareness activities place student athletes with disabilities throughout the community providing the opportunity for public speaking and personal growth. Our sport teams and events integrate both students and community members alike in some of the finest athletic and recreational facilities on any college campus today.