Disability Sports

Since many of our children are not able to participate in some of the regular sports programs offered throughout the state, we have provided a list of some organizations that are providing special sports leagues and athletic opportunities for our children with Autism.

If you know of any other organizations not listed, please contact us to add it to our list, or if any of our links or information is incorrect. Thanks!

Arizona Disabled Sports
The Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled (MASD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with all types of disability. The Association provides year round sports training and competition through Special Olympics programs for athletes who are developmentally disabled. In addition, sports and recreation opportunities are provided for individuals with physical disabilities through programs sanctioned by Wheelchair Sports USA, National Disabled Sports Alliance, Disabled Sports USA and the United States Association of Blind Athletes. The Association coordinates various resources in a cooperative effort with the Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities to provide a comprehensive program of sports and recreation to individuals with disabilities of all ages.

Contact: Lane Jeppesen
Phone: (480) 644-4948
Website: www.mesadisabledsports.com
Address:  59 East Broadway Road  Mesa, AZ 85210

AZ Topsoccer Program

The special needs division of AZ Youth Soccer Association. Call for more information and to see if there is a program in your area.

Contact: Tony Colavecchia, State Director of Coaching
Cell: (602) 791-5827
Office: (602) 433-9202
Website: www.azyouthsoccer.org
Address: 11029 North 24th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029

City of Tempe Adaptive Recreation

Contact: Josh Bell, Adapted Recreation Coordinator
Phone: (480) 858-2469
Email: josh_bell@tempe.gov

Contact: Yolanda Mathews, Special Olympics Coordinator
Phone: (480) 858-2446
Email: yolanda_mathews@tempe.gov

Website: www.tempe.gov/adaptedrecreation
Address: Westside Community Center, 715 West 5th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Desert Dragons Kenpo Karate
(623) 670-7979
9836 W. Yearling Rd. Bldg. F, Ste. 1360
Peoria, AZ

Marsha and John Fagan
Grand Master Han’s Martial Arts
World Youn Wha Ryu Association

Keen is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

Phone: (602) 508-3939
Fax: (602) 445-4962
Website: www.keenphoenix.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 45186, Phoenix, AZ 85064
Location: Gompers Habilitation Center, 6601 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Spark Dance Academy
20892 E Ocotillo Rd Queen Creek, AZ 85142
This 45-minute class is designed specifically for those children with physical limitations due to developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, OR intellectual disability (parents may be required to assist children with physical limitations). In this class, children will learn the dance basics of stretching, rhythm, sensory input, and creative movement adapted to their abilities while also exercising the cognitive and linguistic skills of sustained and selective attention, memory, social turn-taking, and anticipating routines.

Special Olympics Arizona

Special Olympics Arizona’s (SOAZ) goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through SOAZ’s year-round sports training, competitions and support programs. Website: www.soaz.org

Special Olympics: Gilbert Roadrunners

Check the website for the current sports-different sports are run throughout the year including basketball, cheer, track & field, swimming, bowling, soccer, flag football, and more! Website: www.gilbertroadrunners.com

Sunshine Soccer League
Arizona Sports Complex
3555 W Pinnacle Peak Rd
Glendale, AZ 85310
(623) 587-717

Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center
The universally accessible sports and fitness center is designed to bring people together with all different types of disabilities, of all ages, to encourage wellness, physical fitness and nutritional health.

The 45,000-square-foot sports, fitness and aquatics center will be the first of its kind in the Western United States. In addition to hosting competitive sports programs for persons with disabilities, the center will also accommodate fitness, health and wellness programs. The center will feature spacious and accessible sports courts, runners’ track, pool, fitness/training equipment, locker rooms, showers and dressing areas for people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Website: www.disabilitysportscenter.com
Address: 5031 East Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034

The Kids Fitness Institute
The Kids TFI program is dedicated to improving youth health and fitness. . Our goal is to assist parents in helping their children to integrate health and fitness into their daily lives, and to teach them the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.  The Kids TFI has special equipment for these children and – because the equipment is kid-size – our special needs children are not intimidated by it and are often eager to “work out.”


Phone: (623) 825-1699
Fax: (623) 825-1866
West Location:  20329 North 59th Avenue, Suite A-6, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: (480) 951-7177
Fax: (480) 951-3390
East Location: 8888 East Raintree Drive,  Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The Miracle League
The Miracle League is a program that invites individuals starting from age 3 to experience the game of baseball. This league removes the barriers that keep individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of baseball. With our specialized field made of rubberized turf, even those with a wheelchair or walker can swing for a homerun. The season is FREE for participants! This includes 6 games, pictures, jersey and hat! Ages 3-12 have games on Saturdays from 9:00AM-11:00AM; Ages 13+ have games on Tuesdays from 6:30PM-8:30PM
3825 N 67th Ave
Contact:  Kelly Shingleton
Phone:     602.212.6149
Email:   kshingleton@vosymca.org
Location: Maryvale Family YMCA, 3825 North 67th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85033

University of Arizona Disabled Sports

Yoga Fun 4 Kids with Special Needs

Presented by Intuitive Tools 4 Kids Program by Eliza Rey, Occupational Therapist, Author, Speaker and Yoga for The Special Child Certified (Ages 6 to 10 years old)

Phone: (480) 203-2166
Location: Fireside Community Center in Desert Ridge, 3775 East Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Outside of Arizona: Adaptive Sports Center
The Adaptive Sports Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. The programs we offer are inclusive to families and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives and have an enduring impact on their health, self-confidence and well-being. The Center, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, is in its 22nd year of providing life-enhancing outdoor programming to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Website: www.adaptivesports.org

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Book: An Introduction To Exercise and Sport for People Who Have Autism by Amanda Durrant