Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports for people with disabilities. Adaptive sports often run parallel to typical sport activities. However, they allow modifications necessary for people with disabilities to participate and many sports use a classification system that puts athletes with physical challenges on an even playing field with each other.
Millions of people of all ages, races and genders live their lives with some sort of disability. Many of those people do something amazing to lessen the impact that these injuries and diseases have on them by playing adaptive sports. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of what they are and who can play. Adaptive sports are all around us with events like the Paralympics Games and Special Olympics. They are played by thousands if not millions of athletes around the world, and they compete in local, national, and international tournaments in many different sports.
Essentially, they allow people with nearly any disability (physical or mental) to participate either in sports competition or recreation. Many adaptive sports are similar to common sports like soccer and basketball while others are like nothing you have ever seen before.
Some common adaptive sports include power soccer, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair basketball. There are 31 Paralympic sports, 35 Special Olympic sports and many more played around Nigeria and globally.
Our vision is to develop a system where adaptive sports will be mainstream in sports development programs in Nigeria and give people with one disability or the other an inclusive and accessible society.