Whether you have Paralympic ambitions or would like to try competition for the first time, there are a number of 2019 regional adaptive sports competitions for you! These events, hosted by Disabled Sports USA chapters and partners, provide great opportunities to test your abilities, learn from other athletes who come from around the country, and make new friends. A number of these games also allow you a chance to get your Paralympic classification as well.
The 2019 Turnstone Endeavor Games marks its third year of being the first stop in the Endeavor Games Series. Novice and competitive athletes will have the opportunity to participate in ten sports: archery, air rifle shooting, boccia, goalball, power soccer, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, and wheelchair basketball. A number of educational clinics will also be offered. For more information, visit: http://www.endeavorgames.com/fortwayne/.
Gateway Games, St Peters, Missouri, May 16-19
Hosted by DASA
This multi-sport event hosted by the Disabled Athlete Sports Association offers competition in archery, power lifting, boccia, track & field, and swimming to athletes with physical or visual disabilities from around the country. In addition, a Para Power Lifting Coaches Clinic will be held. For more information, visit: http://www.dasasports.org/ and look under events.
Valor Games Southeast is a 3-day adapted sports event offering introductory, intermediate and in some cases advanced level Paralympic-style competition for over 130 Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities. Valor Games Southeast 2019 will provide spirited competition in air rifle, sitting volleyball, boccia, wheelchair basketball, archery, table tennis, power lifting, indoor rowing, cycling, kayaking, and shotput at some of the most iconic sports venues in the country including the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina and Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University. For more information, www.bridge2sports.org/valorgamesse/
Desert Challenge Games, Phoenix Metro Area of Arizona, May 22-26
Hosted by Arizona Disabled Sports
The Desert Challenge Games are a multi-day competition for individuals ages 6 through adulthood with a physical, visual or intellectual disability. The event is part of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix and is the only international classification in North and Central America for 2019. Events include track & field, swimming, archery and air gun & rifle. International classification for physical, visual and intellectual impairment for athletics (track and field) will be offered. For more information, visit: http://www.desertchallengegames.com/.
In its 20th year, The University of Central Oklahoma’s annual Endeavor Games is one of the largest competitions for individuals with disabilities in the United States, providing more than 200 youth, adults and military service members with physical disabilities opportunities to compete in eleven sports, including archery, air rifle, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball. For more information, visit: http://www.endeavorgames.com/edmond/.
Adult National Open Great Lakes Games, Lake Forest, Illinois, June 13-16
Hosted by GLASA
Each year Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) hosts the Great Lakes Games, a multi-day sports competition for the developmental athlete to the elite competitor. GLASA is partnering with the University of Illinois’s wheelchair track program to host the prestigious Fast Cow meet on Saturday night under the lights. Both the Fast Cow and Sunday meet will be conducted on the Mondo track. Other events for the weekend include socials, clinics and competition in swimming, track & field, archery, powerlifting, air rifle, and boccia. Track and field is World Para Approved and the event serves as a qualifying event for the USA Junior Nationals for athletes between 7-23 years of age. National Classification Panels are being offered in track, field and swim. For more information, visit: www.GreatLakesGames.org
Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, Los Angeles, California, June 20-23
Angel City Games clinics and competitions are open to athletes of all ages and ability levels with any physical disability or visual impairment. Seven adaptive sports clinics and competitions in archery, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair tennis are offered. For more information, visit https://www.angelcitygames.org/.
Jr. Nationals, Eden Prairie, MN, July 14-19
Hosted by Adaptive Sports USA
Junior Nationals is a week-long national sport championship event for young athletes with a physical disability and/or visual impairment through the age of 22. A number of events are also open to athletes with an intellectual disability as determined by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS). The sports contested at the event include may include archery, paratriathlon, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and track and field. For more information, visit http://juniornationals.adaptivesportsusa.org/.