Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs in Michigan

Jan 3, 2023 Posted in: Uncategorized

Did you make a new year’s resolution to be more healthy or active in 2023? If you did, you probably already know that you can achieve both through fitness. But what you might not know is what sports and activities are available to people with disabilities. Here are six adaptive sports and fitness programs in Michigan that may be a good fit for you in helping you achieve your fitness goals.

SportsAbility – Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM)

RIM’s SportAbility program is available for both children and adults in Metro Detroit with disabling or chronic conditions including spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclero../sis, and muscular dystrophy. Competitive and recreational activities include:

  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Fitness training
  • Adaptive bowling
  • Hand cycling clinics
  • Adaptive waterskiing
  • Kayaking
  • Adaptive snow skiing
  • Wheelchair tennis clinics
  • Weightlifting clinics

University of Michigan Adaptive Sports & Fitness

The University of Michigan Adaptive Sports & Fitness program was established in 2018 and has quickly become recognized for its competitive adaptive sports teams and work in the community to support the growth and development of adaptive sports. Programming is open to both students and community members.




  1. Move United – Michigan Adaptive Sports

Michigan Adaptive Sports (MAS), a chapter of Move United, is a recreationally based organization that provides introduction to adaptive sports. They host many annual clinics and events for a variety of activities, including:


  • Adaptive downhill skiing
  • Camping
  • Cycling/hand cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis/wheelchair tennis
  • Water skiing
  • Yoga



 Link: https://www.michiganadaptivesports.com/


  1. Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States. Every year they offer enriching recreational opportunities to hundreds of people with disabilities of all ages. Activities include:


  • Adaptive archery
  • Adaptive downhill skiing
  • Adaptive swim
  • Adaptive rock climbing
  • Music therapy
  • Adaptive yoga
  • Power soccer
  • Parafencing
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Sled hockey
  • Wheelchair rugby


Link: https://www.maryfreebed.com/services/wheelchair-adaptive-sports/

  1. City of Kentwood – Adaptive Recreation Program

Kentwood’s adaptive recreation program exists to provide quality recreation and enrichment programs for people of all abilities. Alongside community partners, the program takes pride in planning and implementing activities that encourage health and wellness, socialization and excellent quality of life for all. Through sports, clinics, social groups, and many other facets they strive to bring recreational opportunities to all people with disabilities in and outside of Kentwood. Activities include:


  • Archery
  • Downhill skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Boccia league
  • Golf league
  • Swim lessons
  • Bowling
  • Kayaking
  • Track & field clinic
  • Cycling club
  • Leisure club
  • Wake boarding
  • Dances & social events
  • Pickleball
  • Water skiing


Link: https://kentwood.us/city_services/city_departments/parks_and_recreation/adaptive.php

  1. The Recovery Project Wellness Program

The Recovery Project Wellness Program is offered as both virtual and in-person membership. Each wellness class is created by their highly experienced team of therapists and based on the latest research on how to optimize your health and function. They offer a large variety of fun and motivating classes, including those aimed at improving strength, balance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, arm and hand function. Classes include:


  • Active Arms Level 1 & 2
  • BeWell Yoga
  • BeWell Fitness
  • Cardio Intervals
  • Meditation
  • PWR!Moves
  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Stroke to Strength
  • Seated Strengthening


Link: https://therecoveryproject.net/wellness-programs/