Adaptive sports, recreation and social programs are offered to youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. The City of Mesa Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities offers a wide variety of activities including weekly sports and recreation programs, special interest classes, social activities, and summer camp. Our mission is to “Let no one sit on the sidelines.”
Benefits of our programs:
- Increased quality of life
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved health and wellness
- Fewer medical problems
- Greater stamina in everyday activities
- Increased social skills
- Participate in a group of people with similar ability levels
- Gain leadership and team building skills
- Develop a peer and parent support system
Adaptive Sports & Recreation
Sports and recreation opportunities are available for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 6 and older residing in or outside of Mesa. The typical program will take place once per week for up to 12 weeks in a season.
The training schedule for each program is based on the competition schedules as determined by Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ). Athletes have the choice whether or not to compete in the SOAZ competitions. If the athlete will compete in SOAZ competitions, a Medical & Consent Form must be completed by a physical and submitted to the City of Mesa office. The document is valid for three years from the date of the doctor’s and participant’s (or guardian’s) signatures. Athletes without an up-to-date Medical & Consent Form will not be allowed to participate in SOAZ competitions.
Special Interest Classes
The City of Mesa offers several special interest classes and opportunities throughout the year for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 16 and older. A few of the program opportunities include cooking, Zumba, and Off-Broadway Theater.
Thank Goodness It’s Friday (TGIF) Social Club
The social club is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 16 and older who can function independently while in a group setting with the supervision of staff. Typically, the social club opportunities are offered twice per month on Friday evenings during the Fall and Winter/Spring seasons. Activities may vary from karaoke & game night to a Diamondbacks game.
Adaptive Summer Camps
This program is designed for children ages 6-21 years old with intellectual disabilities. Your child’s experience during the Camp Fiesta summer camp program will be filled with afternoons of swimming, cooking, arts & crafts, music, creative play, sports, and guest speakers. Payment through DDD referrals are welcome.
Camp Wiggles & Giggles Inclusion Program
This program is designed for children ages 3-5 years old with and without intellectual disabilities. Your child’s experience during the Camp Wiggles & Giggles program will be filled with arts & crafts, music, creative play, and games. Payment through DDD referrals are welcome.
Adaptive Programs for Individuals with Physical or Visual Disabilities
Adaptive sports and recreation programs for people with physical or visual disabilities ages 6 through adulthood are offered through the community partner, Arizona Disabled Sports.
The City of Mesa strives for inclusion in all activities and programs. Every effort will be made to place participants in their desired activities regardless of physical or intellectual disabilities or special needs. Please communicate any special needs or medical conditions that might impact participation in selected programs by completing an Inclusion Support Request Form at least 15 days prior to the start of the program.
Team Mesa Sportsline
Receive one email per month with upcoming programs, events, and unique opportunities with the Team Mesa Adaptive programs. Visit http://mesaaz.gov/residents/enotifications. Enter your preferred email address. Select “Adaptive Social Programs” and/or “Mentally Disabled Programs” from the listserv options. You will receive an email from the listserv to click a link and confirm your subscription. Once confirmed, you will receive an email notification on the first of every month.