Ability First Sports 

Chico, CA

Ability First Sports builds leaders through involvement in competitive sports, allowing them to focus on their abilities, rather than their disabilities, as they gain independence, strength, endurance, and flexibility through athletics.

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Our Mission

Ability First Sports is a wheelchair sports program designed to provide instructional & recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities.

We seek to breakdown physical, mental and social barriers among people with physical challenges to become active for a lifetime.

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First-Class Coaching

Ability First Sports is designed to provide year-round instructional & recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities. The nationally-renown sports organization offers first-class coaching to youth between the ages of 8-17 in multiple wheelchair athletics including basketball, rugby, water skiing, tennis, hand-cycling, swimming and WCMX.

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The Ability First Experience

Since 1985, Ability First Sports has delivered instructional and recreational sport opportunities to over 1,000 youth with physical disabilities throughout the Western United States during a week-long Adaptive Youth Sports Camp held on the California State University, Chico (CSUC) campus.  Sport instruction ranges from the beginner through both the junior and national levels of athletic competition.

Sport instruction is provided by world-class coaches with disabilities who have had successful careers in competitive athletes at the collegiate, national, and international level. The elite coaching staff is a vital part of our program, acting as role models for our youth athletes.

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“Camp taught me that anything is possible. I may need special equipment or to adapt, but there are no limits on what I can do.”
Alicia Milano, 2017 Camper

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