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Desert Challenge Games. Lane Gram, Arizona Disabled Sports Mark Grant, City of Mesa Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities. What are the Desert Challenge Games?. Three-day competition for people ages 6 through adulthood with physical disabilities.

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desert challenge games
Desert Challenge Games

Lane Gram, Arizona Disabled Sports

Mark Grant, City of Mesa Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities

what are the desert challenge games
What are the Desert Challenge Games?
  • Three-day competition for people ages 6 through adulthood with physical disabilities.
  • Physical disabilities include but are not limited to amputation, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, and visual impairment.
  • Current competitions include track, field, archery, swimming and powerflifting.
  • In it’s inception, the event also included boccia ball, air rifle and pistol and table tennis.
  • Qualifying event for athletes to continue to national competitions.
  • Track
    • Blind
    • Ambulatory
    • Wheelchair
  • Field
    • Seated throws
    • Ambulatory
    • Shot, Discus, Javelin, Club throw, Long Jump, High Jump
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Powerlifting
  • The event is hosted by Arizona Disabled Sports and the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities.
  • AzDS is a non-profit organization established in 1989. The organization provides a wide variety of sports and recreation programs for people with all types of disability.
  • The success and longevity of the event is due to the developed partnerships.
  • City of Mesa
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Symbius Medical
  • Grand Canyon State Games
  • US Paralympics
  • Disabled Sports USA / War Fighter Sports Programs
  • Blaze Sports of America
history of the event
History of the Event
  • First annual event hosted in April of 1990 at Arizona State University Tempe Campus.
  • Hosted the Far West Regional Games as part of the Desert Challenge Games in 1991.
  • Hosted National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in 1997, 2004, and 2012.
  • Hosted US Paralympic Track and Field Team Trials in June 2008.
  • Hosted the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix event in May 2013.
  • First event hosted 7 athletes. The most recent event hosted 225 athletes from 3 countries and 25 states.
  • The event began as a grassroots competition for the athletes involved in the local program as well as the City of Tucson adaptive programs.
  • The event continues to serve the first time athletes in the local program but will now also draw the top ranked Paralympic athletes to the competition.
  • For the past 6 years, the event has been successful in recruiting US Military Veterans and hosts an average of 25 Veterans at each event.
how did we grow the event
How did we grow the event?
  • Organized and consistent event
  • Reasonable registration fees
  • Trained officials and volunteers
  • Great venues
    • Host Hotel
    • Competition Venues
  • Event marketing
    • Web site
    • Facebook
  • Give-aways
    • T-shirts
    • Awards
contact information
Contact Information
  • Lane Gram

Arizona Disabled

  • Mark Grant

City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities