Over 100 adaptive sports events and programs nationwide available for youth and adults with disabilities, including wounded warriors.

Rockville, Md.— Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, announced the schedule for its 2013 SummerFest, a calendar of learning- to and competition summer sports events and programs available nationwide for individuals with disabilities. More than 100 events in over 30 sports and in 27 states will be offered by Disabled Sports USA in partnership with over 60 local community DSUSA chapters and other partnering organizations. Since 2011, DSUSA has provided over $1.6 million in grants to its community chapters.

The SummerFest sports series is the only one of its kind in the nation helping to ensure participants with physical disabilities receive state-of-the-art adaptive equipment, instruction and competition in a variety of summer sports including archery, cycling, track and field, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, canoeing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving, fishing and more.  The series has expanded to include more adaptive instructor training opportunities that provides improved program services to local communities.

“SummerFest will include outdoor sports that allow individuals with disabilities to lead full and active lives,” said Kirk Bauer, JD, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. “We are committed to continue integrating wounded warriors into community sports events as well as providing more sports opportunities for youth with disabilities, especially low-income youth.” In addition, DSUSA is offering the severely injured Boston Marathon survivors opportunities to participate in any of DSUSA programs, free of cost to the survivors and their families.

Military sports programs include the learn-to and competitive events for wounded warriors offered as part of DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports program.  Now in its 10th year of service, all sports programs offered by through Warfighter Sports are free of cost for the severely injured service members and their families. Activities will be held for wounded warriors rehabilitating at the major military hospitals, VA hospitals and other military medical centers across the nation. Those discharged from the military will be able to maintain an active lifestyle through participation at local DSUSA chapter programs throughout the USA.

The SummerFest sports series includes national and regional competitive events and training opportunities, including: Great Lakes Regional Games in Ill., University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games in Okla., Valor Games in N.C., Desert Challenge Games in Ariz., nationwide U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Cycling Development Camps, and DSUSA Adapt2Achieve adaptive sports development training conferences in Connecticut, Maryland and Utah.

DSUSA chapters conducting SummerFest sports and recreation programs include:

Alaska: Southeast Alaska Independent Living

Arizona: Arizona Disabled Sports

California: Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program; Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Disabled Sports USA Far West,  Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association, U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center

Colorado: Adaptive Adventures, Adaptive Sports Center Crested Butte, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Challenge Aspen, Colorado Discover Ability, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Connecticut: Leaps of Faith Disabled Water Skiers, Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital

Florida: Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

Idaho: Higher Ground Sun Valley

Illinois: Adaptive Adventures, Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

Indiana: Turnstone

Kansas: Wheelchair Sports

Maine: Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Massachusetts: CAPEable Adventures

Maryland: Baltimore Adaptive Recreation and Sport, Team River Runner

Minnesota: Courage Center Duluth

Montana: Eagle Mount Great Falls

New Hampshire: Granite State Adaptive, New England Handicapped Sports Association, New England Disabled Sports, Northeast Passage

New York:  Adaptive Sports Foundation, STRIDE Adaptive Sports, Western New York Water Sports

North Carolina: Bridge II Sports, SUDS Diving

Ohio: The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition

Oklahoma: UCO Sports & Recreation

Oregon:  Happy Trails Riding Center, Oregon Adaptive Sports, Oregon Disability Sports

Pennsylvania: Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation

Tennessee:  DSUSA Sports, Arts, and Recreation of Chattanooga

Utah: Adaptive Sports Association Durango, Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, National Ability Center

Virginia: Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

Vermont: Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Northeast Disabled Athletic Association

West Virginia:  Challenged Athletes of West Virginia

Corporations and foundations supporting DSUSA’s sports rehabilitation programs, including the programs for wounded service members include: Platinum— AIG, Ariel Corporation, U.S. Paralympics, Tee it up for the Troops, and WellPoint Foundation; Gold— Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Chart Group, Dumbarton Strategies, Fluor, Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons, The Heisman Trophy Trust, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, PING, Trijicon, Wash Depot Holdings, and others.

To view the full calendar of SummerFest events visit: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/programs/summer/

 About Disabled Sports USA

Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports.  What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities.  A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters.  For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.