History of Adapted Sports

Adaptive sports began as a means to rehabilitate veterans from World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War (Disabled Sports USA, 2015).  Upon its inception adapted sports sole sport was Alpine and Nordic skiing.  While skiing was the first sport in adapted sports, there were countless to come.  To date, adapted sports opportunities in North American include but are not limited to cycling, golf, swimming, water sports, golfing, running/wheeling, and the sport of focus of this expository document, basketball.  The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is the premier wheelchair basketball league in the Nation.  The NWBA is comprised of over 200 teams throughout thirty-seven U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada; include youth coed trams, college men and women, adult coed divisions and a women’s division (NWBA, 2015).  The NWBA strives to empower disabled athletes by proving opportunities to learn and further developed their physical, social, and mental skills.

Adapted Sports in Dayton, Ohio

Through personal observation at the Adapted Sports Recruitment Event and an interview conducted with Ashley Stanko, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Dayton’s Children Medical Center, there is a collection of opportunities in the Dayton and surrounding areas for youth to participate in adapted sports.  There following sport organizations were represented at the recruitment event: North/South Dayton Top Soccer, Fairborn Challenger Baseball, Therapeutic Riding Institute.  The Miracle League of Greater Dayton also has adapted sports activities but was not present at the recruitment event (Stanko, 2015).