Adaptive Abilities

Who are we?

We are the Adaptive Abilities Club, a service-based group that partners with local adaptive sports organizations to give children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in various sporting activities. Some of our most popular activities include rock climbing, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and wheelchair rugby.

Opportunities our club has to offer:

  • Get hands on experience with different special populations, even before you’re in professional school!
  • Interact and connect with a diverse community of individuals with disabilities through sport and recreation events.
  • Learn about adaptive sporting equipment and how to modify different activities to include people of all abilities.

Our mission statement:

The purpose of this organization is to connect students with individuals from the community who have disabilities through events that provide opportunities to promote inclusive recreation. The mission of our club is to give our time, hands, and hearts to serve our community through adaptive sport. Our goals are:

  1. To grow and learn as we discover the unique abilities that each person possesses
  2. To work to become better future health care professionals and more conscientious and inclusive
  3. To provide opportunities for hands-on experience physically interacting alongside individuals with disabilities using adaptive equipment

Activities we are involved with:

  • Adaptive Rock Climbing at Adventure Rock in Brookfield
  • SEWASP Adaptive Skiing at Alpine Valley
  • Diveheart
  • Wheelchair Rugby

Adaptive Rock Climbing at Adventure Rock in Brookfield

Come volunteer to help individuals with varying abilities rock climb at Adventure Rock in Brookfield. With adaptive climbing, you will learn how to belay peers and participants, side climb along participants helping them up the wall based on their unique abilities, use different adaptive equipment for climbing, and work with individuals with many different disabilities! This event occurs twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.

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SEWASP Adaptive Skiing at Alpine Valley

The Southeastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program (SEWASP) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that provides adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding lessons to people with disabilities. At this event, some of the adaptive equipment used includes mono-ski, bi-ski, 4-track, 2-track, and snowboards to give people of all ages and disabilities the chance to enjoy time outside on the slopes. Come volunteer to help participants get on their adaptive ski equipment, help with transfers on and off ski lifts, encourage participants along the way, and so much more! This event occurs on Thursday nights and select weekends during the winter months January-March.

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Diveheart is a non-profit organization that provides support and educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult, or veteran with a disability. The mission of Diveheart is to provide physical and psychological therapy through scuba diving. Come volunteer to gain some hands-on experience helping participants get on scuba gear, transfer into the pool, and see the magic effects of a gravity-free environment under the water. There is also a chance to swim with the participants or learn to dive! We have formed a tight knit community and Dive Heart loves partnering with us. This event takes place at the Marquette Helfaer Rec Center pool and runs monthly on Saturday mornings.

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Wheelchair Rugby

Individuals who play wheelchair rugby have to have 4 extremities impaired to qualify to play. Players are assigned point values based on their level of ability. Volunteer to help participants tape their hands, transfer into their rugby chairs, cheer on teams, and so much more! Practices are on Thursday evenings.