Save the Date
Celebrate some of the nation's most elite athletes! The University of Arizona (UArizona) Adaptive Athletics Program presents the second annual Awards Gala on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass. The premier event will honor alumni and current athletes of the largest and most successful collegiate-based program in the country.
Registration, cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 PM with dinner and reception to follow at 7:15 PM.
$100 per ticket or $1,000 for a table of ten. Proceeds will benefit UArizona Adaptive Athletics.
Purchase tickets online today! Registration closes on April 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Refunds are not available after April 10, 2020 or for no-shows.
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass
3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85745
Reserve a room by March 27, 2020 to receive a discounted rate. Book online at https://book.passkey.com/go/AdaptiveAthleticsGala or call 1-877-622-3140.
Founded in 1979, the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program was the first collegiate wheelchair sport program in the West and, to this day, remains the most comprehensive program in the nation. UArizona Adaptive Athletics houses seven competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. We believe in the power of sport to create an inroad to higher education and support the success of student athletes by providing community, accountability and academic resources.
Amen Alyasiry, Wheelchair Basketball, Bachelor of Science Electrical and Computer Engineering
As somebody who places a great deal of importance on the type of people I surround myself with, it was imperative that I attend UArizona. After my very first encounter during my recruiting visit in July 2017, I knew this place was where I wanted to be. From the wonderful people to the beautiful campus and state of the art facilities, UArizona offers everything I was looking for. Although remarkably challenging, my college experience as a student-athlete has been rewarding beyond measure. Developing the ability to perform under the pressure that comes with academic and competitive expectations has elicited monumental growth in almost every aspect of my life. Following graduation, I will pair the leadership and interpersonal skills I've developed through competition and the technical and career-building skills I've cultivated through UArizona's College of Engineering to pursue a graduate degree while expanding and honing my abilities in the workforce.
Benjamin Waker, Wheelchair Rugby, Bachelor of Science Business Administration
I originally came to the University of Arizona for the opportunity to follow my childhood dream of playing a sport while I was in college, the outstanding ranking of the University’s business program, and the amazing weather. I have attended the University of Arizona for 4 years, and I have received a Business Management Degree as well as a Finance Certificate through the Eller College of Management. After graduation, I plan on returning home to Dayton, Ohio to begin working for my family business, Waker Plumbing, as the new Office and Operations Manager. My time at the University of Arizona has been some of the best years of my life, and I will have countless memories that will last a lifetime.
Being a student athlete while attending college has made me grow as a person and has taught me a lot of life skills such as time management, commitment to a team, and how continuously working hard for your goals is always worth it in the end. For all of current and future student athletes my advice is to work hard and trust the process. Every time you feel like you are under too much stress or have too much on your plate, just keep working hard and doing what you need to do and everything will work out in the end, and trust me, the feeling of joy and accomplishment that you receive when you get to the end is worth it.
Honorary Hall of Fame Inductee
The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program will induct Alumna and Medical Doctor Cheri Blauwet to the Adaptive Athletics Hall of Fame.
A former undergraduate student and track star at the University of Arizona, Dr. Blauwet graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2002 and went on to attend Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She is now an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School where she practices sports medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and brought home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.
Dr. Blauwet serves as the Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Commission and on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
Your gift makes a difference. If you are unable to attend this year's gala, you can still support UArizona Adaptive Athletics.