Paradox Sports’ mission is not just to lead programs and spread an adaptive climbing curriculum. All of our activities revolve around a greater goal to create communities in adaptive sports. As an organization, we cannot provide activities and teaching for every veteran and adaptive athlete, but we can spread awareness about organizations that share in our mission and are running programs in places we cannot reach. So here it is! A list of orgs we believe in that are helping create adaptive sports communities.
Adaptive Adventures’ mission is to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Paradox partners with AA on our Front Range Adaptive Climbing Club and SUP events. In addition to the popular climbing and rafting trips, Adaptive Adventures offers cycling and is building scuba and sailing programs. Check their website for a comprehensive list of trips: adaptiveadventures.org .
Adaptive Climbing Group, Inc
ACG, Inc is a community for people with disabilities to have opportunities to inclusively participate in the sport of climbing. Starting as an adaptive climbing clinic, the organization now leads clinics and clubs in NYC and Boston. Their Single Shoe Project offers access to individual shoes for amputees who do not want to purchase a pair of shoes. For more info, visit adaptiveclimbinggroup.org.
Athletes with Disabilities Network
This organization focuses on creating opportunities for people with physical disabilities through scholarships, outreach, and its Extremity Games. Extremity Games is an extreme sports event including competitions, instructional clinics, and exhibitions for athletes with amputations or spinal cord injuries. Learn more about the organization and the Games at www.adnpage.org.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Located not far from us in Breckenridge, CO, the BOEC offers an Adaptive Ski and Ride School, wilderness programs (on-site as well as mobile courses), professional team-building, retreats, and an internship program. Situated on 39 acres, the BOEC’s facilities include a residential lodge, climbing wall, high ropes course, and teepees. Check their website for a complete list of services www.boec.org.
Catalyst Sports’ goal is to discover ways to get people involved in adaptive sports who may not be interested in the mainstream sports that most cities offer or are otherwise turned away from these activities. In addition to adaptive climbing programs in Atlanta and Knoxville, Catalyst offers adaptive kayaking and has a Veterans Initiative. You can visit www.gocatalystsports.org for more info.
The National Ability Center
The NAC empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, UT, they offer family and children’s camps, equestrian programs, and a variety of military events. Read more at www.discovernac.org.
Peak Potential is a volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with disabilities reach new heights. The organization runs three different adaptive climbing programs for youth around New Jersey. Find information about the programs on the organization’s site, peakclimb.org.
Sierra Club Military Outdoors
Although not purely focused on adaptive athletes, Sierra Club Military Outdoors is working to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the skills, exposure, knowledge, and confidence to access the great outdoors. They even have an summer adventure film school. Find out more here: content.sierraclub.org/outings/military.
Splore, based in Salt Lake City, offers outdoor experiences customized to physical or cognitive disabilities. They also support participants who lack financial funds and/or resources that inhibit adventure. From beginner-focused rafting trips to half-day cross-country skiing programs, Splore runs a wide range of adventures throughout Utah. We recently partnered with Splore for our veteran rafting trip in Utah and Colorado! Find more information at www.splore.org.
Interested in more national organizations? Disabled Sports USA, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, and American Association of Adaptive Sports Programs are wide-reaching organizations with larger networks.
Of course, there are dozens of other amazing organizations that create adaptive sports opportunities! If you know of any, feel free to include them in the comment section below for others to view.