Working together is something we’re committed to at World T.E.A.M. Sports, and we want to help ensure disabled athletes have the necessary resources to lead active, exceptional lives. Learn more about disabled athletes and outdoor sporting events and organizations through these helpful links (note that our linking does not imply endorsement).
Abilities, Inc.: Long Island, NY: Abilities, Inc. helps people with disabilities achieve their potential through work they enjoy. For over fifty-eight years we have trained people with disabilities in the skills they need to compete for and get satisfying jobs.
Achilles International: National non-profit organization for disabled runners. Has 65 regional chapters. Sponsors Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
Adaptive Sports Foundation: East Coast adaptive summer and winter sports program.
AddictionResource.com: Washington DC-based, volunteer-run organization that provides accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information regarding substance addiction. Established in 2015.
Adventures Without Limits: Oregon-based non-profit organization providing inclusive outdoor adventure trips for persons with and without disabilities. Offers climbing, canoeing, caving, snowshoeing, rafting and cross-country skiing trips.
American Association of People with Disabilities: America’s largest cross-disability membership organization.
America’s Fund: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit program of the Semper Fi Fund that provides resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the American Armed Forces.
Authorized Boots: Authorized Boots offers tips, tricks and techniques for all things survival related in the wilderness. The author is an experienced outdoor enthusiast who shares his personal experiences and insights, as well as those of others that he trusts in his personal network.
BlazeSports America: Non-profit organization for children and adult disability sports and recreation.
C*A*M*M*O Center for American Military Music Opportunities : A 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 by U.S. Navy veteran Cathie Lechareas and U.S. Army veteran Victor Hurtado that believes in the healing power of music. Run by veterans for veterans and active-duty service members, C*A*M*M*O develops military and veteran artists, technicians, writers and musicians at its C*A*M*M*O centers. C*A*M*M*O also manages Sony recording artists 4TROOPS, Voices of Service, American Military Spouses Choir, CAMMO KIDS and several other artists.
Challenge Aspen: Aspen, Colorado-based non-profit organization offering summer and winter programs for disabled persons.
Challenged Athletes Foundation: San Diego-based national non-profit organization providing opportunities and support for athletes with disabilities.
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation: A national non-profit organization providing support for individuals with spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation: Wheat Ridge, Colorado-based non-profit organization offers financial and organizational support to allow persons of all ages with physical disabilities an opportunity to participate in organized sports programs.
Colorado Discover Ability: Grand Junction, Colorado-based non-profit providing opportunities for self-exploration, building self-confidence, and increasing leisure independence for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Includes outdoors and sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, rafting and bicycling.
Combat Marine Outdoors: Houston, Texas-based non-profit providing hunting and fishing excursions for disabled military veterans from all services.
Council for Disability Awareness: Non-profit organization educating public about risk and consequences of disabilities through illness or injury. Offers resources and information about disabilities.
Disabled Sports USA: National organization started by Vietnam veterans serving injured military through summer and winter sports events.
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association: Tallahassee, Florida-based non-profit providing outdoor programs and adventure outings for the disabled.
Independence Fund: Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit providing assistance to disabled veterans, including providing wheelchairs and adaptive sporting equipment.
Joni and Friends: California-based non-profit works with churches and ministries worldwide in advancing participation by disabled persons in religious activities.
Kostas Z Foundation: Chicago, Illinois-based non-profit providing outreach and participatory programs for the disabled.
Let’s Hear Your Story: Non-profit organization providing hope to persons who have conquered life’s obstacles. Inspirational stories about living with a physical disability, struggling through an illness, losing a loved one, battling an addiction, facing financial hardship, or coping with life.
Lone Survivor Foundation: National organization started by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, an Afghanistan War veteran. The organization empowers and assists wounded warriors and their families.
Luke’s Wings: Texas organization providing travel booking and complimentary airfare for Texas-based veterans and wounded warriors.
Military Order of the Purple Heart: Membership restricted organization for military wounded chartered by Congress; supports all veterans and their families.
New Mobility: Active lifestyle monthly magazine for wheelchair users.
No Barriers USA: International organization for disabled persons providing bi-annual outdoor educational summits bringing together adventurers, scientists, and enthusiasts. The organization offers programs for military veterans, children and disabled civilians. No Barriers hosts a bi-annual Summit at various locations offering innovation and activities.
Operation Shifting Gears: Operation Shifting Gears provides intense, all encompassing support for veterans while linking them with local and nationally available resources executed with an emphasis on accountability, continuing service, and a healthy lifestyle. These elements combined with challenging exercise and an emphasis of volunteerism within the community is vital to mental, physical and emotional recovery from injuries while assisting a successful reintegration from military to civilian life.
Outdoors Without Limits: Georgia-based non-profit outdoor organization for disabled. Local chapters nationwide.
Outward Bound for Veterans: Non-profit educational organization offering active learning expeditions and custom curriculum for veteran participants.
Paradox Sports: Boulder, Colorado-based organization provides inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment, creating a national community of active disabled persons who inspire by example.
Paralyzed Veterans of America: National organization founded after World War II that provides support for service men and women with spinal cord injuries and disease. Has chapters nationally. Manages annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Patriot’s Parade: Program of the non-profit R4 Alliance that offers honorary summits recognizing fallen military members. Online wall provides recognition of the fallen. Provides funding to R4 Alliance member organizations, including World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Project Healing Waters: Maryland-based National 501(c)3 organization providing fly fishing to disabled active duty military and veterans. Has regional chapters.
Project HIRED: National non-profit organization assists individuals with disabilities to gain and sustain employment, in partnerships with business and the community. The Wounded Warrior Workforce supports disabled veterans by offering career exploration and development services; facilitating retraining, job searches, and job retention; and by providing veterans with support services.
Project Mobility: National non-profit organization provides adaptive bikes and cycling opportunities to improve the quality of life for children, adults, and wounded service members with emotional and physical challenges.
Project Wounded Ego: Colorado-based organization that creates digital photographic DVDs of injured veterans in active outdoor events. The DVD is a part of the veteran’s “Ego File” containing images, honors, awards and resume that can provide positive psychological support. Funding to the organization covers costs and expenses of the participating photographers attending the events for partner organizations.
R4 Alliance: Non-profit alliance of organizations offering programs of excellence that provide therapeutic and community based recreation services to military veterans and their families. The alliance is focused and committed to achieving the highest quality services through collaborative efforts in research, education, standards of excellence, economic viability, and continuum of care across the military service community. The member organizations believe these services are essential to the holistic rehabilitation and reintegration of military veterans. World T.E.A.M. Sports is a member organization.
Ralph’s Riders Foundation: Non-profit national organization founded in 2008 for individuals with spinal cord injury and paralysis. Ralph’s Riders provides peer guidance, resources and a supporting network.
Ride 2 Recovery: Calabasas, California non-profit creates bicycling events to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation of our nation’s wounded warriors.
Rivers of Recovery: Jackson, Wyoming non-profit founded in 2008 providing outdoor recreational rehabilitation fishing programs to combat veterans.
Semper Fi Fund: Nonprofit organization providing financial support to injured and critically ill members of America’s Armed Forces.
Sierra Club Military Families and Veterans Initiative: Sierra Club program for military members, veterans and their families. Program provides opportunities to find adventure, build camaraderie, a sense of mission, and relaxation through outdoor activities.
Soldiers Angels: Volunteer organization providing aid and comfort to members of the American military and their families.
Soldier On: Canada-based Soldier On was founded in 2006 to empower retired and serving members of the Canadian Forces with an illness or injury – visible or non-visible – to accept their new normal by adopting an active lifestyle through participation in physical, recreational or sporting activities.
Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc.: Non-profit founded in 2012 providing assistance to U.S. Special Operations athletes who were wounded, injured or became ill during their service. Offers coaching, science and adaptive sports equipment.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation: National non-profit founded in 1980 providing support for American special operations Armed Forces, including warriors who were injured while deployed, and families of warriors who lose their lives.
Special Olympics: International organization offering sporting programs and events for disabled athletes.
Splore: Salt Lake City, Utah-based non-profit organization providing outdoor adventure experiences such as skiing, climbing and rafting for disabled and special needs persons.
SPORK!: SPORK! is a Chicago nonprofit for people with cognitive, physical and non-apparent differences. Through documentation of inclusive businesses and by offering ADA consultations, they strive to create an integrative network for the differently able communities.
Sportable: Richmond, Virginia non-profit organization providing adaptive sports and recreation.
Sports ‘N Spokes: Bi-monthly magazine for wheelchair athletes.
Stand Up Paddleboard for Veterans: Panama City, Florida non-profit providing training and rehabilitation for veterans through stand up paddleboarding.
The Soldiers Project: Non-profit group of licensed mental health professionals providing free counseling and support to military members, active, disabled and retired.
Summit International Development Group: Texas-based Summit International Development Group is directed at supporting, aiding, challenging and honoring Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. The non-profit organization’s mission is to challenge, support, aid and honor Wounded Warriors and First Responders as they set, meet and exceed their fitness goals.
Team Kid Courage: Salt Lake City, Utah-based organization that helps children with disabilities participate in sporting and other active events notwithstanding their physical limitations.
Team River Runner: Rockville, Maryland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering paddling programs for active duty and retired wounded service members through local chapters and events nationally.
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program: Non-profit adaptive sports program in Telluride, Colorado providing adaptive skiing, fishing, hiking, rafting, rock climbing and clinics for disabled persons.
Travis Manion Foundation: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania providing assistance to veterans and families of Fallen Heroes. Creates innovative programs that transform communities.
Tug McGraw Foundation: California-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides resources, support, and awareness for individuals with brain-related trauma and tumors.
Turning Point: Texas-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization organized in 1979 designed to teach people with mobility impairments the skills necessary to fully enjoy the outdoors, and to provide free or low cost activities.
Ultimate Sports Program: Boston, Massachusetts-based program providing support and free sporting events for disabled children.
United States Association of Blind Athletes: World-class trainer of blind athletes in nine sports. Founded in 1976.
United States Handcycling Federation: National non-profit organization creating cycling opportunities for athletes with lower-body impairments.
US Military Endurance Sports: National non-profit organization chartered in 2009 to support amateur athletes, endurance sports education and activities for current, retired, and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. A division of American Servicemembers Amateur Sports Inc.
USA Paralympics: Founded in 2001, USA Paralympics inspires disabled Americans to reach their goals in sporting events.
Vail Veterans Program: Vail, Colorado based program providing rehabilitative sports for recently wounded United States military personnel.
Veterans Expeditions: Boulder, Colorado non-profit organization that connects and challenges veteran athletes in outdoor activities.
Warriors on Cataract: Colorado-based non-profit Warriors On Cataract sponsors four-day whitewater trips on the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park from Moab to Lake Powell for disabled veterans.
Warrior Institute: Florida 501(c)3 organization that provides therapy and recreational programs for veterans designed to improve emotional, psychological, cognitive, and physical symptoms associated with combat and military services.
We Connect Now: Website serving college students with disabilities, creating virtual community for important issues.
Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA: Provides multi-sport and recreational opportunities for individuals with visual and physical disabilities.
Wounded Warriors Canada: Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that helps Canadian Forces members – be they full time or reservists – who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range of programs and services, the organization helps find solutions where gaps have left soldiers in need.
Wounded Warrior Project: Florida-based non-profit national organization founded in 2003 to provide services and assistance to our nation’s injured service members.
Blind Endeavors: Army veteran Steve Baskis lost his vision in 2008. Today, he is climbing mountains, participating in biathlons and scaling rocks. Steve climbed Lobuche East in Nepal with World T.E.A.M. Sports and has participated in the Face of America ride and 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge.
Harry’s Adventures: Disabled Air Force veteran Harry Carr from New London, New Hampshire writes of his outdoor sporting adventures. Harry is a participant of New England Handicap Sports Association events, as well as World T.E.A.M. Sports and Team River Runner.
Ride Blind Racing: Skier and mountain biker Bobby McMullen lost his sight in college owing to complications from diabetes. Yet, he remains exceptionally active in outdoor pursuits, including the U.S. Disabled Ski Team and Paralympic teams.
Seven Summits: Deaf female mountaineer Heidi Zimmer is climbing all Seven Summits. She’s already successfully climbed three, including Denali.
Spokes Fighting Strokes: Dan Zimmerman suffered a stroke in 2005 that left him partially paralyzed. Beginning cycling on a tricycle in 2008, he now rides from 500 to 700 miles a month, including numerous events. In the summer of 2014, he is riding across North America, from Washington to Florida.
Trevor Thomas – Blind Hiker: Long distance hiker Trevor Thomas lost his sight in 2005, but he has continued his lengthy solo hikes, including the Appalachian Trail. Also has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, North Carolina’s Mountains to Sea Trail and portions of the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado.
Touch the Top: Colorado adventurer Erik Weihenmayer’s website regarding his ongoing challenging adventures with blind athletes and the outdoors. Weihenmayer is the first blind person to successfully climb Mount Everest.
Journey Beyond Limits: Patrick and Sue Shannon hiked New Zealand’s newly-opened 3,000-kilometer Te Araroa Trail in the winter of 2013-2014. Patrick experiences epileptic tonic-clonic seizures and has accomplished many long-distance hikes, including the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Their hike in part benefited World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Save-A-Limb Ride: Annual Maryland bicycle ride benefiting the Save-A-Limb Fund of Sinai Hospital’s Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics.
Warrior 100K: Annual invitational mountain bike ride in Texas for injured veterans who were deployed in the Afghanistan or Iraq Wars. Presented by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, the ride is limited to 20 athletes, who will ride with former President George W. Bush.
Resource Articles and Sites
Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled: Information site provides information about securing mortgages and home loans for persons with disabilities.
Success for College Students with Disabilities: Resource site providing information to students with disabilities seeking to attend college.
Tips for travelers with disabilities: Useful report for travelers with disabilities providing tips by airline.