Discovering Adaptive Sports and Support Organizations Across Minnesota

On May 19, attendees of the first Adaptive Sports Discovery Expo were encouraged to #DiscoverYourSport. Hosted by Paul’s Pals, the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, and the University of Minnesota, attendees explored more than 40 organizations offering different sports, activities, and support for the adaptive community throughout Minnesota. After attending the event ourselves and interviewing one of the coordinators, we knew we needed to share these resources with our families. There’s something for everyone!


ARC Minnesota

This community resource helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find information and support for several topics. Areas of expertise ranges from community engagement and employment to healthcare assistance.

Phone: 952-920-0855

Email: info@arcminnesota.org

 

GUSU2Cure

Get Up Stand Up To Cure Paralysis focuses on uniting and educating the community to support and advocate for the restoration of function in Spinal Cord injury.

Contact: Rob Wudlick

Email: rob@gusu2cure.org

Website: gusu2cure.org

 

Minnesota Spina Bifida Association

The Minnesota Spina Bifida Association works to promote research into the causes, treatment and prevention of Spina Bifida, while also supporting people with the disease.

Contact: Jim Thayer

Email: sbamn@hotmail.com

Website: mnsba.org

 

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) offers veterans of all ages and abilities the opportunity to be involved in a large range of adaptive sports.

Contact: Janelle Gustafson

Email: janelle.gustafson@va.gov

Website: va.gov/adaptivesports

 

Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association

The Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association (MNSCIA) is committed to enriching the lives of people in Minnesota who have been impacted by spinal cord injury or paralysis.

Contact: Jeanne Olson

Email: info@mnscia.org

Website: mnscia.org

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.

Contact: Natalia Ruberg

Email: nruberg@mdausa.org

Website: mda.org

 

Paul’s Pals Foundation

Paul’s Pals raises funds, then screens and partners with trusted organizations to make their best adaptive projects happen and help thousands of kids and families across Minnesota live fuller lives.

Contact: Jennifer Lewin

Email: jennifer@pauls-pals.org

Website: pauls-pals.org

 

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists

For over a decade, Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists has provided unsurpassed orthopedic and sports medicine care.

Pheon: 952-946-9777

Website: sportsandortho.com

 

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) offers timely financial support to families, so they can focus on what is most important – improving the quality of life of their child.

Contact: Cara Gulbronson

Email: cara.gulbronson@uhc.com

Website: uhccf.org

 

University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center

The DRC collaborates with all members of the University community to improve access for people with disabilities.

Email: drc@umn.edu

 

Wiggle Your Toes

This organization focuses on empowering those who have lost a limb to move forward, take action, and get back to the life they want.

Contact: Mark Mann

Email: mark@wiggleyourtoes.org

Website: wiggleyourtoes.org

 

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

These facilities provide rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries, and disabilities.

Sports & Recreation Department: CKRIsportsrecreation@allina.com

Aquatics & Fitness: kevin.alexander@allina.com

Courage Kenny Kids: allinahealth.org/couragekenny

 

CrossFit 5885 Adaptive

Because CrossFit is designed for scalability based on an individual’s experience or ability, it is the perfect option for adaptive athletes working toward fitness and health goals.

Contact: Jonathan Jensen

Email: jonnyj@crossfit5885.com

Website: crossfit5885.com

 

Dare2Tri USA Paratriathlon

Dare2Tri empowers individuals with disabilities and gives them the opportunity to be physically active, engaged with their community, and helps them set and reach goals.

Contact: Krist Swarthout

Email: info@dare23tri.org

Website: www.dare2tri.org

 

FlexAbility Fitness

FlexAbility is about creating fitness programs for people of all abilities, whether through personal training, inclusive small group play, lifestyle & weight management counseling, or open gym events.

Contact: Tonya Andruskiewicz

Email: 1dandylife@gmail.com

Website: flexabilityfitness.com

 

FREE-DAPTIVE Divers

FREE-DAPTIVE DIVERS offers initial and on-going scuba experiences to the adaptive needs community with introductory scuba diving sessions and certification level training.

Contact: Richard Kline

Email: freedaptive@gmail.com

Website: freedaptive.org

 

Mind Body Solutions

This non-profit offers adaptive yoga for people living with disabilities through their Open Yoga to Everyone program.

Email: bethany@mindbodysolutions.org

Website: mindbodysolutions.org

 

Mini Hops

Mini Hops offers adaptive gymnastics for children ages 3 and up with intellectual and physical disabilities. Additionally, they offer adaptive dance, karate, and 1:1 classes.

Email: jess.james@mini-hops.com

Website: mini-hops.com

 

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is committed to making all of its programs accessible to anyone, but also offers an adaptive sport sampler for kids with disabilities.

Contact: Sarah Thorsen

Email: sthorsen@minneapolisparks.org

Website: minneapolisparks.org

 

MN Disabled Hockey

Disabled Hockey Programs prove that hockey is for everybody.  These programs are divided into five disciplines: Standing/Amputee, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Sled, Warriors and Special Hockey.

Contact: Tony Lang

Email: Tony@mnsledhockey.com

Website: mnsledhockey.org

 

National Jr. Disability Championships Twin Cities 2019

The Twin Cities will be the host of the 2019 National Jr. Disability Championships, – a weeklong national championship for athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment through age 22.

Contact: Jon Dennis

Email: jonrdennis@gmail.com

Website: adaptivesportsusa.org

 

North Country Region Volleyball

This organization offers sitting volleyball, with clinics focusing on movement training, ball handling fundamentals, attacking, serving, and other sitting rules.

Contact: Linzy Bannie

Email: linzy@ncrusav.org

Website: ncrusav.org

 

North Star Community Rowing

Through its adaptive program, North Star Community Rowing provides opportunities for adults and adolescents with physician disabilities to develop strength, learn to row, and build camaraderie.

Contact: Kim Noha

Email: knoha@northstarcommunityrowing.org

Website: northstarcommunityrowing.org

 

Midwest Climbing Academy

Adaptive climbing nights are offered monthly to create an inclusive climbing community for athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities in the Twin Cities.

Contact: Ali Bradway

Email: ali@midwestclimbingacademy.com

Website: midwestclimbingacademy.com

 

Padraig’s Place Adaptive Winter Sports

Padraig’s Place, a local non-profit organization, and Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard School have come together to provide a fun experience for skiers and snowboarders with both physical and cognitive disabilities.

Contact: Brian Foley

Email: brian@padraigsplace.org

Website: padraigsplace.org

 

Swim Possible

Swim Possible provides quiet, safe and calming classes that are customized for students who need a gentle approach to learning how to swim.

Contact: Sonja Brown

Email: swimpossible.sonja@gmail.com

Website: swimpossible.org

 

Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers partners with several organizations to provide a variety of adapted programs and offers adapted programs for a variety of activities throughout the year.

Contact: Tracy Tabaka

Email: tracy.tabaka@threeriversparks.org

Website: threeriversparks.org

 

Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling

TCAC provides customized adaptive bicycle fittings and low-cost regular use of their bicycles, comprehensive education and training, and opportunities for group rides.

Contact: Caito Bowles-Roth

Email: TCACycling@gmail.com

Website: tcacycling.org

 

U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing

Paralympic Nordic skiing competition is open to athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.

Contact: BethAnn M. Chamberlain

Email: Bethann.chamberlain@gmail.com

Website: teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Nordic-Skiing

 

USTA Northern

USTA offers camp for children ages 12-18 with a permanent disabling condition who uses a wheelchair for sports, as well as All Comes Camp for wheelchair tennis.

Contact: Mya Smith-Dennis

Email: mya@northern.usta.com

Website: usta.com/northern

 

Wayzata Community Sailing

The Wayzata Community Sailing Center offers clients with adaptive needs the opportunity to experience sailing for the first time or learn more about sailing than they already know.

Contact: Ernest Brody

Email: ernest@wayzatasailing.org

Website: www.wayzatasailing.org

 

We Love To Play

The mission of this organization is to provide ongoing adapted recreational sports for adults with disabilities – including floor hockey, softball, and football.

Contacts: Poppy Sundquist & Charie Brose

Email: charlieb@welovetoplay.org

Website: welovetoplay.org

 

West Metro Miracle Athletics

West Metro Miracle Athletics provides children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball, basketball, and kickball, regardless of their abilities.

Contact: Tonya Andruskiewicz

Email: westmetromiracleathletics@gmail.com

Website: westmetromiracleathletics.com

 

Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry provides great outdoor adventures for adults and conducts award-winning programs introducing youth, families, and people with disabilities to the natural world.

Contact: Suzanne Huggett

Email: suzanne@widlernessinquiry.org

Website: wildernessinquiry.org

 

Young Dance

Young Dance encourages peer-to-peer mentorship and collaboration in the making of dances through engagement of youth of all abilities.

Contact: Gretchen Pick

Email: info@youngdance.org

Website: youngdance.org

 

BioDapt

BioDapt designs, manufactures, and distributes high performance lower limb prosthetic components for action sports and other similar activities.

Contact: Sara Schultz

Email: sara@biodaptinc.com

Website: www.biodaptinc.com

 

ColoPlast

ColoPlast develops products and services to make life easier for people with ostomy, bladder & bowel, wound, skin, and surgical urology needs.

Contact: Megan Stadelman

Email: usmgje@coloplast.com

Website: www.coloplast.us

 

 

Originally published: May 24, 2018

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