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, 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 so everyone can benefit equally from participation in community experiences.
Diversity – a celebration of individual differences, encompassing acceptance and respect.
SportAbility of Iowa seeks to empower individuals with physical disabilities in eastern Iowa through participation in inclusive sport and recreation activities, while demonstrating to the community the importance of acceptance and respect of diverse populations.
U.S. Paralympics is partnering with community organizations from across the country to create a network of Paralympic Sport Clubs.
Paralympic Sport Clubs are community-based programs developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities will be based in the community and are run by the local organization.
With 21 million physically disabled Americans, including active-duty service members and veterans, this is an important community need.
U.S. Paralympics is committed to working with community organizations across the United States to ensure Paralympic Sport Clubs are operating in strategic locations in all 50 states.
WE FOCUS ON ABILITY
Sportability addresses the barriers that prevent people with physical disabilities from participating in sports and recreation by providing
- Organized Programs
- Trained Leadership
- Adaptive Equipment
SportAbility of Iowa also works to change societal attitudes and stereotypes by educating others through our involvement in community events and speaking engagements. If you are a member of an organization or group that is looking for speakers, contact us.