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posted Jul 10, 2017, 11:04 AM by Paul Johnson

Reeve Foundation Grant

posted Jul 10, 2017, 11:01 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 11:01 AM ]

SWAA is a recipient of a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation to support our track and field program with the purchase of equipment.
Thank you to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

PhD Study

posted May 26, 2017, 5:40 PM by Paul Johnson

My name is Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao and I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) at Georgia State University in Atlanta GA.  I am in the dissertation phase of my program and my research is focused on identifying critical factors that motivate athletes with disabilities to continue their sport participation. I have created an online, confidential questionnaire that should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. The questions are very intuitive and easy to understand and answer.

There is no compensation for completion of the online questionnaire. Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. Participating in this survey will not pose any more risks than you would encounter on any normal day. Also, participation in this study will not have any positive or negative effect.

Below is a hyperlink to the consent form and survey, which you may copy and paste into your web browser.


Please help disseminate this survey to your friends, who are also athletes with disabilities. Your help and answers are extremely valuable, and can provide practitioners in the field of adapted physical activity and sport psychology, program organizers and policy makers with insights to guide decision-making regarding where to intervene to most meaningfully influence sport participation and continued commitment for enhanced quality of life and well-being in individuals with physical disabilities.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 404-916-6356 or at ‘wyao1@student.gsu.edu’.  Or, you can contact Dr. Shapiro at 404-413-8372, or by email at ‘dshapiro@gsu.edu’.

I thank you in advance for your consideration to assist us in expanding the knowledge base on factors that influence sport commitment of athletes with disabilities.


Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao, M.S.

Physical Education Teacher Education

Department of Kinesiology and Health

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA 30303

Lone Star Para Invitational Results

posted Apr 22, 2017, 5:01 PM by Paul Johnson

Congratulations to all of the Athletes who competed in the Lone Star Para Invitational!
Results are below.
Special thanks to 
Arlington ISD 
Lamar HS,
Seguin HS Track Team volunteers 
HSAA Track and Field Team volunteers.

Results Metroplex Powerlifting and Throws Meet

posted Mar 27, 2017, 7:45 AM by Paul Johnson

Results from the Metroplex Powerlifting and Throws Meet


RenardGashinot classed WCADMale11.76m


RachelKroenernot classed WCU23Female12.76m
RenardGashinot classed WCADMale7.50m
SipsGumbinot classed WCADMale15.51m

Shot Put



ChanceDeanfrom 107.01 kg and overM35Male275295305 lbs

Thank you and congratulations to the competitors who participated!

2017 Endeavor Games

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:02 AM by Paul Johnson

June 8-11

The Endeavor Games for athletes with Physical Disabilities was first held in 2000 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. The goal was simple; to provide children, adults and military service members with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities. The Games were originally created by a non-profit organization, whose overall mission was to offer quality sports programs to athletes with physical disabilities from Oklahoma and beyond. That first year, seven sports were offered and 91 athletes attended from seven states and Australia. The event continued to grow, offering more sports and a few sport clinics. In 2004, UCO recognized the importance and the potential the Endeavor Games had and integrated the non-profit and its small staff into the operations of the newly constructed Wellness Center. This opened many more opportunities for the Games including special efforts on marketing and design. Special events were offered such as sport clinics, different and more sport competitions, a welcoming party and an athlete banquet. In 2016, the Endeavor Games set a record in athlete participation, boasting 310 athletes from 38 states and Puerto Rico.


Sitting Volleyball
Table Tennis
Track and Field
3v3 Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Softball

Schedule  Click here to see the tentative schedule

Register now

Wheelchair Tennis Clinic

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:26 AM by Paul Johnson

USTA Oklahoma is honored to host US Paralympic Gold Medalist, Nick Taylor, on April 1 for two Wheelchair Tennis Clinics. The clinics are free and open to all wheelchair tennis coaches, players, and advocates who want to learn. All levels of experience are welcome to attend. 

OKC Clinic: 10 am to noon at OKC Tennis Center, indoor courts

Tulsa Clinic: 3 to 5 pm at LaFortune Tennis Center, indoor courts

 Please email mmtennis@cox.net if you would like to register.

Thank you!

Melissa McCorkle, USPTA,

Director of Tennis, 

LaFortune Park Tennis Center

Kid-netics Games May 6

posted Feb 15, 2017, 5:54 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 5:54 AM ]

The Kid-netic Games is an annual weekend athletic event for students ages 2-22 (if still attending high school) with physical impairments such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, APE Logodwarfism, and other orthopedic impairments. 

The event allows individuals with physical disabilities to participate in track and field, wheelchair basketball, and power soccer.  Also offered are clinics in sports and recreational pursuits such as wheelchair tennis and boccia.  The Kid-netic Games provide an opportunity for students with physical disabilities to develop friendships and gain knowledge of various sports, and produces a variety of community resources and networking opportunities for families of students with physical disabilities.


Metroplex Para Powerlifting & Throws Meet

posted Feb 15, 2017, 5:14 AM by Paul Johnson   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 5:20 AM ]

Join us at the Metroplex Para Powerlifting & Throws Meet
March 25th in Arlington, TX
We will be at Arlington High School, 818 W Park Row Dr, Arlington, TX 76013 for the Throws competition and 
the UTA MAC 500 W Nedderman Dr, Arlington, TX 76013 for Powerlifting.
Cost: $10 to Throw, $10 to lift.  $5 discount for Adaptive Sports USA Members. (membership number required)

Tentative Schedule
07:30 AM-08:30 AM check-in at AHS for throwers.
09:00 AM Throws competition
12:00-1:30 PM Weigh-in for lifters at PEB gym next to the MAC.
2:00 PM Powerlifting competition.

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