Studies show that adaptive sports provide numerous benefits including:
- Less stress
- More independence
- Higher achievement in education and employment
- Reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
- Fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
New Mexico has many organizations and programs across the state that provide access to adaptive sports opportunities. Please see the list below for information on programs and contact information. Get out, and get active!
For more information or to add your organization to our list, please contact GCD at 505-396-0312.
Active Project (National)
Join the Active Project and help it become the largest community of adaptive programs and athletes – from backyard riders to tri-champions. Learn about dozens of adaptive sports, discover hundreds of adaptive sports programs, and connect with the growing community of people with spinal cord injuries and paralysis coming together to spread the love for an active lifestyle, all completely free. Help us make every journey to an active lifestyle easier than the last.
Adaptive Sports Program New Mexico
The organization offers year-round adaptive sports opportunities at various locations throughout New Mexico. Activities include adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak, rock climbing, yoga, river rafting, and watersports including waterskiing, wakesurfing, paddleboarding, fishing, sailing, yoga and more.
Albuquerque Sled Hockey
Sled ice hockey, weekly events.
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Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation – (Albuquerque)
Adaptive sports and recreational programs are available for Carrie Tingley Hospital patients ages birth to 21. No child or family is turned away because they cannot pay. Programs are free of charge or scholarships are available for those who qualify. Activities including: Summer Sports Camp (June), Dance Program (Year Round), Dance Camp (July), Horseback Riding (Year Round), Sled Hockey (Fall & Spring), Yoga (Year Round), Swimming (Summer), Cycling (Fall and Spring) and Wheelchair Basketball (Year Round).
Challenge New Mexico – (Santa Fe)
Horseback Riding is geared towards individuals with physical and/or mental challenges.
Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship
Tasha at Cloud Dancers
Contact Us | Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship (clouddancersthp.org)
Twauna at Loving Thunder
Global Opportunities Unlimited, Inc. – (Albuquerque)
Individuals with mobility limitations, the elderly and people with maladies such as heart disease and cancer are encourage to participate in wheelchair basketball, hunting, horseback riding, fishing, boating, trail expeditions, and archery.
Go Unlimited (Albuquerque)
GO Unlimited is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with disabilities by creating access to adaptive sporting and outdoor adventure opportunities. (505) 480-2374 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayak New Mexico, Inc.
Keshet Dance Company – (Albuquerque)
Integrated dance lessons and performances are available to individuals of all ages and disabilities.
New Mexico Senior Olympics
Sponsors of the annual summer games with sports in: air gun, archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, dance, field events, roadrace, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, tennis, track, golf, horseshoes, huachas, 8 ball pool, pickleball, recreation events such as frisbee, soccer or softball throws, dance, table tennis, talent shows in dance, vocal solo, reading, vocal group, band contest, instrumental and comedy.
NM Wounded Warrior Water Sports – (Statewide, Veterans)
Lessons and regional events provide recreational activities for veterans and their families. Activities include, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, fishing and camping on the shores of the reservoir with evening campfires.
North New Mexico Tennis Association (Albuquerque)
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 823-6559
Fax: (505) 823-9443
Not Forgotten Outreach – (Taos, Veterans)
Lessons and events for veterans and their families in hand cycling, sled hockey, adaptive skiing and swimming. Disabled veterans that qualify can receive free adaptive equipment from the NM Veterans Affairs Recreational Department.
Ski Apache Adaptive Sports – (Ruidoso)
Lessons in Alpine downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Special Olympics NM
Sponsors sports competitions and trainings for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 8 and up in the following: indoor track meet, poly hockey, team bowling, and summer games with bocce, volleyball, soccer, and athletics.
Four Corners Invitational with aquatics, golf, softball, flag football, equestrian, holiday classic with basketball and bowling, over the edge (16 Story rappelling adventure, posole ole fun walk, posole ole 5k run, torch run event with law enforcement, north bowling tournament.
All these activities will have their next statewide events in 2015.
Taos Adaptive sports Program – (Taos Ski Valley)
Lessons for skiers, snowboarders, bi-skiers and mono-skiers (guides available).
Phone: 575-776-2291 x2355