Sports and Recreation – General

This sections includes national and international resources that provide or promote a variety of sports and recreational activities.
Adapted Sports
Information about the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), whose mission is “To enhance the health, independence and future economic self-sufficiency of youths with physical disabilities by facilitating a national disabled sports movement, assisting communities in creating the best member programs possible for physically disabled youth electing to compete in team and individual sports on a local, regional and national level.”
Directory of Sports Organizations for Athletes with Disabilities [updated 6/26/03]
An extensive listing from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Disability Sports Web Page
Created by the instructor and students in KIN 866, Research on Sports for Athletes with Disabilities, a graduate course in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University, this extensive web site includes information on disability sport organizations, sports offerings, classification systems, major competitions for athletes with a disability, summaries of recent research papers on disability sport topics, and much more.
Disabled Sports USA
Disabled Sports USA is a nonprofit organization that provides sports and recreation services to children and adults with physical or mobility related disabilities. Its web site includes information about the organization and related information.
International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) [added 11/20/00]
Includes information about the organization, including rules and documents.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) [added 2/9/01]
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability that focuses on the fact that that everybody – including people with disabilities – needs some activity to get and remain healthy. The site offers information and resources that range from guidelines to consider before starting any kind of exercise program to factsheets on many popular activites, games, recreational pursuits, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish. There are some excellent searchable databases, as well as online media presentations.
National Disability Sports Alliance (NSDA) [updated 9/15/01]
Formerly called the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association (USCPAA), the NSDA is the National Governing Body for competitive sports for individuals with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and survivors of strokes.
National Sport Center for the Disabled
The Center is a nonprofit organization that provides recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Its web site includes information about the organization and links to other sites.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) – Sports and Recreation
Articles, publications, directories, events, a calendar, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of athletic and outdoor activities.
Special Olympics International
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is “a nonprofit program of sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation.” Its web site includes information about the program’s year-round sports training and competitions.
United States Association of Blind Athletes (USBA)
USABA is a nonprofit amateur sport organization for people who are legally blind. Its web site includes a calendar of events for each of its nine sports areas and recent accomplishments of its athletes.
USA Deaf Sports Federation
Information, news and competitions relating to a variety of affiliated sports organizations for people who are deaf.
The web site of the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation.
Wheelchair Sports USA
Formerly the National Wheelchair Athletic Association, Wheelchair Sports USA encompasses a wide variety of sports. Its web site includes qualifying standards, event informationand calenders, rules, records, directories, and more.
Related Subjects
Camps and Camping
Sports & Recreation – Paralympics
Sports & Recreation – Specific Sports
Therapeutic Recreation
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