Whether you have Paralympic ambitions or would like to try competition for the first time, there are a number of regional adaptive sports competitions for you! These events, hosted by Disabled Sports USA chapters, 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.
Hosted by GLASA
Each year Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association hosts the Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games, a multi-day sports competition for athletes with physical or visual disabilities. Events include: swimming, track & field, archery, powerlifting, air rifle, and boccia. The event is comprised of two competitions; Great Lakes Regional Games – a regional qualifying event for the USA Junior Nationals, and the Adult National Open for adults aged 23+, injured military veterans and more experienced/elite athletes. A powerlifting clinic will be held as well as National Classification Panels in swimming and track & field. For more information, visit: http://www.adultnationalgreatlakes.com.
Gateway Games, St Peters, Missouri, May 18-20
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/ under Events
Hosted by UCO Center of Adaptive Sports
In its 19th 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 300 youth, adults and military service members with physical disabilities opportunities to compete in ten sports, including archery, air rifle, cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball. For more information, visit: http://www.endeavorgames.com/edmond/
Hosted by Arizona Disabled Sports
The Desert Challenge Games are a multi-day competition for individuals ages 7 through adulthood with a physical, visual or intellectual disability. The event will be part of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix and is the only Athletics Grand Prix event taking place in North and Central America this year. Events include track & field, swimming, archery and air gun & rifle. There will be Athletics International Classification for Physical, Visual and Intellectual Impairment as well as National Classification for Athletics (track and field), Archery and Swimming. For more information, visit: http://www.desertchallengegames.com/