The largest and most successful collegiate-based program in the country, the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program houses seven competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. In its 50-year history, Adaptive Athletics has sent 51 athletes to the Paralympics and has won a number of national titles, making this program a leader in the adaptive and wheelchair sports community. With excellent disability and athletics resources, and weather that allows for competition and training year-round, the University of Arizona is home to a dynamic and vibrant wheelchair and adaptive sports community. 

The University of Arizona's Adaptive Athletic Program offers University student athletes the opportunity to fully compete in sports through: 

  • Partial tuition assistance
  • Weekly tutoring sessions and academic skills workshops
  • Coaching
  • Fitness and training
  • Operational support
  • Wheelchair maintenance and repair 

To donate, please go to the University of Arizona Foundation website.


We believe in the power of sport to create an inroad to higher education and support the success of student athletes by providing community, accountability and academic resources.  

A Commitment to Student Access 

The University of Arizona has a firm, longstanding commitment to student access. As a Division I school of the NCAA, the University of Arizona offers athletic opportunities to all of its students. Adaptive Athletics provides a range of competitive athletics and recreational sports to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. Each athlete in the Adaptive Athletics Program is expected to meet high academic standards and represent the University and Tucson community with pride and professionalism. In return, they are able to compete nationally and internationally against world-class athletes, and have access to training, practice facilities and staff. A variety of sport wheelchairs are available for individuals to use, including the most current models from top manufacturers. Promotional and awareness activities place student athletes with disabilities throughout the community providing the opportunity for public speaking and personal growth. Our sport teams and events integrate both students and community members alike in some of the finest athletic and recreational facilities on any college campus today.