Our Mission and Vision - Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Every day, we work hard to pursue our vision that “every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community.”Our Purpose - Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”Our Strength - Our unique structure as a community-based chapter network allows Disabled Sports USA to reach people across the country, through a grassroots approach that supports local chapters in identifying the needs of the communities they serve.Our Impact - Each year through our nationwide network, we serve over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults through a nationwide network of over 120 community-based chapters in more than 40 states nationwide. Over 50 different sports are offered, including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, scuba, surfing, rafting, outrigger canoeing, fishing, hiking, golf, athletics, archery, cycling, running/wheeling, rock climbing, equestrian and others.
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Cover photo of Team USA
Wheelchair Basketball Player
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Wheelchair Sports Federation.
2020 is upon us, which means the Summer Paralympic Games will be
taking place in Tokyo, Japan, beginning in August.
For this issue, we are featuring two sports that will be a part of those
games. We hope the articles introduce you to the respective sports and
get you excited for the games when they come around. But we also want
to highlight these sports to help develop the pipeline of athletes for future
Paralympics, particularly the 2028 Games when they are hosted here in the
We know not everyone has Paralympic dreams and ambitions, which
is why we always make a distinction between participating in a sport
for recreation versus for competition. As we all know, sport has many
benefits including staying healthy and havi