SportAbility of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded January 1, 2010, that provides ongoing sports and recreation programs to help people in the local community with physical disabilities to enjoy an active lifestyle. We collaborate with community partners, the University of Iowa, physical therapists, trainers, Veteran’s Administration, coaches, and volunteers to sponsor local competitive sports and recreational activities.
Empowerment – participation in sport and physical activity contributes to autonomy, personal independence, and self-reliance.
Inclusion – providing the necessary individual adaptations, accommodations, and supports to benefit everyone equally from community experiences participation.
Diversity – a celebration of individual differences, encompassing acceptance and respect.
SportAbility of Iowa seeks to empower individuals with physical disabilities across Iowa through participation in inclusive sport and recreation activities while demonstrating to the community the importance of accepting and respecting diverse populations.
The fitness and overall health improvements achieved through participating in these activities are huge. Added movement and exercise is good for many of the body’s functions and systems.
Inclusive adapted sports equip people of all ages with the tools to develop inner will, integrity, coping mechanisms, faith, confidence, and goals that will last for the rest of their life.
By participating in inclusive sports, participants soon realize that they are far more capable than originally thought. Both athletes living with and without disabilities are brought together to level the playing field. In many instances, this is the first time individuals or families have been encouraged to interact with adaptive equipment this way. This experience gives in insight into what it is like to play adapted sports.
Through our programs, participants will meet and develop relationships with people that share similar life experiences. This helps tremendously with creating healthy relationships that benefit both the participant now as well as future relationships.