Adaptive sports and recreation outcomes

2023 outcomes

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Department provides a wide range of adaptive sport and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Activities include lifetime sports such as cycling, golf, bowling, pickleball, rock climbing, tennis, downhill skiing, snowboard, Nordic ski, and water skiing, as well as competitive team sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, track and field, swimming, power soccer, wheelchair lacrosse and wheelchair softball. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Department offers activities in the greater Twin Cities area in Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin.

The advantages of sports and recreational activity are well documented and go beyond becoming more active in the community. Participation in adaptive sports for people with disabilities can provide positive physical, emotional, and social benefits [i]. The health and well-being of children with disabilities can be positively impacted through sports and recreation opportunities as well. The benefits include physical strength, cardiovascular health, weight control and psychological health [ii].  



In 2023, there were 434 in-person participants which accounted for 941 registrations in the adaptive sports and recreation programs offered by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Department.
  • Thirty percent of in-person participants were female, and 59% were male.

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[i] Wilhite, B., & Shank, J. (2009). In praise of sport: Promoting sport participation as mechanism of health among persons with a disability. Disability and Health Journal, 2, 116-127.

[ii] Wilson, P. E. (2002). Exercise and sports for children who have disabilities. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 13, 907-923.


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