Adaptive Sports (aka Para Sports)
Para Sports (Greek for "alongside" or "same as") are sports played by people with disabilities, most of which are based on traditional sports that have been modified to meet the needs of persons with a disability. Not all disabled sports are modified; several sports have been specifically created for persons with disabilities and have no equivalent in able-bodied sports. This program has been developed using the Paralympics as a model for competition.
Para Sports & Higher Education
There are over 15 universities offering opportunities and scholarships in para sports across the country. Additionally, the Eastern College Athletic Conference is increasing scholarships for student athletes with physical disabilities in 8 sports, several of which were previously unavailable in NCAA Division 1.
The Paralympic Model
This model focuses on sports development from the local competitive level all the way to the internationally elite. This program offers skills comparable to those an able bodied athlete would receive from their school-based basketball and soccer teams. While the ultimate goal of each athlete is set personally, this model allows them to access the training and development to pursue their goals into college, regional, national, and international competition if that is their desired goal.
Participation is open to secondary students free of charge. PE credit can be earned by applying for Credit by Choice with the curriculum principal before the season begins.
Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, high-energy sport played competitively around the world. This sport shares most of the major rules and scoring of basketball, and maintains a 10-foot basketball hoop and a standard basketball court. The exceptions are rules which have been modified with consideration for the manual wheelchair.
Sport wheelchairs are available in limited sizes.
Dates: Monday – Friday, November 10 – December 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (except Thanksgiving holiday November 24-25)
Who: Middle and high school students
- Thursday November 10 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Friday November 11 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Monday November 14 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday November 15 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday November 16 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Thursday November 17 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Friday November 18 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Monday November 21 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday November 22 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday November 23 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Thursday November 24 – Thanksgiving
- Friday November 25 – Thanksgiving
- Monday November 28 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday November 29 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday November 30 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Thursday December 1 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Friday December 2 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Monday December 5 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday December 6 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday December 7 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Thursday December 8 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Friday December 9 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Service High School Gym
Contact:Jeff Dick, CTRS
ParaSport Alaska Coordinator(907) 344-7270 office
Power Soccer is designed and developed for power wheelchair users. Power Soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court.
Power Soccer is a non-contact sport and uses "guards" that temporarily attach to the front of the power chair. These guards allow players to "kick" and "handle" the ball in much the same way traditional soccer players do. Soccer guards will be provided for all team members.
Service High School Gymnasium
April 18 - May 13 , 2022
Monday - Friday 4 - 6 PM
Sport wheelchairs available - priority given to athletes with physical disabilities
Open to ASD Students with and without physical disability.
RSVP to hold a sport wheelchair in your name:
Answers to FAQs
Q. Can I earn physical education credit from this program?
A. Yes. Participation in the Paralympic Sport program can earn alternative PE Credit. You must apply for “credit by choice” with your curriculum principal before the season begins.
Q. How much does this cost?
A. There is no cost associated with the disabled sports program.
Q. What if my child doesn't use a wheelchair?
A. Most people are surprised to learn that many of the kids involved in disabled sports don't use wheelchairs except to play Paralympic sports. Non-wheelchair users only use a wheelchair to allow them to play a sport in which they would otherwise be unable to participate. It does not teach dependence or promote use of wheelchairs; it levels the playing field (similar to specialized running shoes do for track runners) and promotes teamwork, fitness, and sportsmanship as do all sports.
Q. What if we don't have any of the equipment?
A. The equipment necessary for participation in wheelchair basketball and power soccer is provided, with the exception of power chairs, as part of the program.