ADAPTED SPORTS CAMP
One of the UNI Adapted Sports Camp goals is to help increase the physical activity level of all young people with physical challenges. Playing adapted sports promotes fitness as well as discipline, teamwork, and camaraderie.
The camp focuses on physical and social development through participation in recreation and sports activities in a structured environment. All participants receive instruction in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, track, and field, hand-cycling, adapted tennis, rugby, rock climbing, sitting volleyball, weightlifting, and archery by expert coaches who help them develop and refine their skills in each activity.
Participants have the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities while they enhance daily living, sensory-motor-perceptual, strength, and hand-eye coordination skills. Participants are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are given the freedom to interact with their peers. Wheeling around campus with their teammates to meals and recreational activities is pure fun and important for learning.
- Wheelchair Tennis
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Adapted Track and Field
- Sit Volleyball
- Rock Wall
- Sled Hockey
- Adapted Archery
- Adapted Cycling
- Recreational Games
“It has made people realize that athletes are athletes and people are people. It doesn’t matter if you’re Usain Bolt or in a wheelchair, we’re all people.”
The SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp’s mission is to give qualified athletes with lower limb disabilities around the State of Iowa an opportunity to participate in various types of athletic events using different wheelchair sports equipment.
Our goal is to teach these athletes that they are capable and can be successful in athletic activities. This exposure and training will then help these athletes build confidence to face other obstacles that will come up in their lives and find a way to overcome them.
The camp also demonstrates to those living with physical challenges that they can be independent and productive in school, the workplace, and their communities, thereby contributing a great deal to society.
Since 2006, the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp has served youth from third grade through high school with lower limb disabilities.
This is the only Iowa camp where youth with physical disabilities can use wheelchairs and compete in recreational Paralympic sports.
Because these young people have fewer health promotion alternatives, the SportAbility Adapted Sports Camp exists to give people with physical disabilities opportunities for growth that will last a lifetime and ultimately change how the world views people with physical challenges.
Athletes can participate in track and field, basketball, hand cycling, football, rugby, softball, tennis, and many others.