Do you have an idea for a conference session?  Share it with us!

Submit a session proposal for the 2017 Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly.  

Adaptive Sports USA seeks volunteer presenters to share your expertise with adaptive sports professionals nationwide at the 2017 Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly.  The conference will take place on October 25-29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Ability360 Sport & Fitness Center in Phoenix, AZ. Learning new skills and sharing best practices is essential to strengthening our capacity to serve.

May 1 through July 1, Adaptive Sports USA is accepting proposals for sport and educational breakout sessions. We are looking to fill over two dozen breakout sessions covering topics from coach and athlete development, high school and collegiate sports, to revenue generation, brand identity and leadership and organizational governance. Topic experts include: philanthropists, experienced coaches, therapists and trainers, athletes, and business and marketing professionals.

Presenting at the national conference is a great way to:

  • Be a key part of the event; multiple days of networking and skill-building.
  • Support Adaptive Sports USA to pull of the conference, we rely on more than 25 volunteer presenters annually.
  • Support the adaptive sports movement by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  July 1, 2017.

Presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration.

To simplify the application process, please have the following information ready prior to starting the application:

  • Headshots of all speakers (.jpg or .png format only 4″ x 6″ minimum size)
  • Email addresses and phone numbers of all speakers
  • Bios for all speakers (150 words or less)

2016 Conference Session Presentations


The 2017 Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly will be held in Phoenix, AZ on October 25-29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Phoenix Airport and the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.

The 2017 Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly is a national training, education and networking opportunity open to all professionals and students involved in or wanting to learn more about adaptive sports. The event provides a venue for professionals to share best practices and current trends in the movement.

Reasons to attend the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly:

  • Network with your peers.
  • Choose from over two dozen sessions.
  • Learn practical tips and strategies.
  • Share best practice and lessons learned.
  • Hear dynamic opening and closing speakers.
  • Meet diverse and dedicated adaptive sports professionals from across the nation.


A “Certificate of Attendance” will be offered to all attendees that register for CEU’s. The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), a Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) accredited institution, following the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) Standards will be issuing these certificates through Adaptive Sports USA. Although these CEU’s are not pre-approved, the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference has carefully followed all of UCO’s CEU guidelines to make this option credible. It is up to the attendee to attend applicable sessions and keep all conference materials as supportive documentation. An electronic certificate will be sent to attendees electing CEUs within two months of completion of conference.

The total number of CEUs available during the conference will be posted alongside the session descriptions on this website, and will be available for registration and payment.


The Adaptive Sports USA National Delegate Assembly (NDA) is held annually. The 2017 NDA will occur Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the conference site.  The following Adaptive Sports USA official business will occur at the NDA:

  1. Election of the following Officer(s) to serve on the Executive Committee of the Adaptive Sports USA Board of Directors: Chairperson;
  2. Confirmation of the following members to serve on the Adaptive Sports USA Board of Directors: International Liaison;
  3. Review of the reports of the Board of Directors, staff, and committees;
  4. Action on all matters related to the membership of Adaptive Sports USA in accordance with provisions of its Constitution and Bylaws; and,
  5. Action on all proposals to amend the Adaptive Sports USA Constitution of Bylaws, if needed.


The NDA is open to all current members of Adaptive Sports USA; however, only delegates, as defined below, may vote on official organization business. Adaptive Sports USA encourages attendance and participation from a minimum of one delegate from each member organization to ensure a diverse voice.

Delegates are defined as representatives from each member organization of Adaptive Sports USA: National Governing Bodies, Regional Point Organizations, Sport Technical Committees as well as Officers and members of the Board of Directors.



Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport
4300 East Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034

(602) 273-7778

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The Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel is the host hotel of the 2017 Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly. Located less than 1 mile from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the conference hotel offers convenience, comfort and exceptional service. Amenities include a complimentary fitness center, mini refrigerators in all rooms, complementary internet throughout the hotel, complimentary airport transportation and/or valet parking for guests and a full-service restaurant and lounge. Please visit www.crowneplazaphx.com for an overview.

A room block for conference attendees is now available through October 3, 2017 at a discounted rate of $119.00 plus tax. 

ADA rooms are available within the room block and obtainable through the online registration system. If you have trouble, please email Ben Matthews at bmatthews@hmchospitality.com to make any special lodging arrangements at the conference hotel.


Airport and Transportation

Sky Harbor International Airport is one mile from the Crowne Point Plaza Hotel and less than 3 miles from the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. The Crowne Point Plaza offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from Sky Harbor Airport or, if preferred, the Sky Train stops directly in front of the hotel.

If choosing transportation to or from the hotel, please note the following. For inbound flights, the shuttle is on demand.  Once you land and retrieve your baggage, call 602-273-7778 and inform the front desk agent what airline you have flown in on and they will direct you to the pickup location. For outbound flights, the shuttle leaves the hotel every 15 minutes on the quarters of the hour between 5-8 am.  After 8 am, the shuttle leaves every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.

Accessible airport transportation may be arranged to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Crowne Point Plaza by calling Yellow Cab at 480-888-8888 or visiting www.yellowcabaz.com.  Upon receipt, the hotel front desk will reimburse those needing accessible transportation.

All major rental car companies are also available from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and complementary valet parking is available at the conference hotel.

A conference venue shuttle is currently being explored. Check back in August for further information.

Local information

Enjoy evenings out on the town in Metro Phoenix. For information on current happenings, visit www.visitphoenix.com.


We invite you to make an impact through a sponsorship pledge for this year’s event. For more information about this and other sponsor and partner opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Susan Rossi at director@adaptivesportsusa.org or 719.439.3823.


I can’t attend, can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Yes, please read the transfer policy carefully:

  • A $25 administrative fee will be collected as part of the transfer request form.
  • Registrations for Adaptive Sports USA members MUST be transferred to another Adaptive Sports USA member only. Verification of membership will occur before transfer is completed.
Can I get a refund on my tickets?

Yes, please read our refund policy carefully:

  • Refunds will be made to the original form of payment. If you did not pay your fee online, or we are unable to process the refund to your original payment method you will be issued a refund check within 21 days after the conference.
  • Non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation, and will not receive a refund.
Do I need to bring my printed ticket to check-in?

Nope! If you pre-registered, we’ll have your registration all ready to go at the registration table.

I’d like to provide monetary or in-kind support the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference & Delegate Assembly, who should I contact?

Please contact Susan Rossi, Executive Director at director@adaptivesportsusa.org, or call 719.439.3823.


Adaptive Sports USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  Founded in 1956, Adaptive Sports USA is a national leader in promoting active, healthy lifestyles for youth and adults with a disability. The organization is a gateway to sanctioned regional and national competitions and provides access to global opportunities for its members through its role as the only United States member of the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation.

Collaboration on the local, national, and international level is a cornerstone of the organization’s approach. Adaptive Sports has a growing nationwide chapter network providing ongoing adaptive sport programs, events, and annual competitions as well as individual members.

Focusing on archery, athletics, powerlifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis, Adaptive Sports USA provides a robust regional and national infrastructure for each sport. The organization hosts Junior Nationals annually as well as sanctions over twenty regional and national events.  Adaptive Sports USA is a partner of the United States Olympic Committee, which recognizes the non-profit as a Multi-Sport Organization and works to develop national interest in sports.

 Our Mission is to engage, evolve, and empower individuals with a disability to be involved in adaptive sport through education, coaching and advocacy.

Adaptive Sports USA would like to thank the local support of our chapter members.
We are thrilled to showcase the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center as the venue host.


The Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center opened in October of 2011 to provide health, fitness and recreation programs to individuals with disabilities and their families. The spectacular center is co-located with the Ability360 Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to Ability360, eleven other disability services organizations call the Ability360 Center home.

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center’s mission is to provide exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic, and fitness programs that promote the independence, health, and overall well-being of people with disabilities and their family members.

For more information and a video tour go to www.ability360sports.org.


Arizona Disabled Sports, (AzDS), is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a wide variety of sports and recreation programs for individuals with all types of disability. This can include, but is not to be limited to, development delay, orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and/or neurological involvement.  AzDS provides year-round sports training as well as recreational and social opportunities through the Team Mesa adaptive programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  In addition, sports and recreation opportunities are provided for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through the Arizona Heat physically challenged programs.

Arizona Disabled Sports is a Gold Level Paralympic Sport Club offering kayaking, bowling, cycling, wheelchair basketball, power soccer, track, field, archery, swimming, air pistol & rifle to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. They host over 10 special events and clinics each year, one of the bigger events being Desert Challenge Games, which is a Grand Prix with World Para Athletics.

Since the organization’s inception in 1989, AzDS has partnered with the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities, as well as Mesa Public Schools to assist in providing quality programs, special events, adaptive sports, and recreational programs to individuals with disabilities throughout the state of Arizona.  AzDS strives to “Let no one sit on the sidelines!” Visit www.arizonadisabledsports.com for further information.


Thank you to our incredible sponsors and partners whose contribution made this event a success.



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