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.
The Outdoor Recreation program includes a hiking club that is designed for individuals ages 16 and older with an interest in exploring Arizona’s beautiful trails. Additional opportunities exist through the year including over-night camping trips, snowshoeing, snow-skiing, and more!
This program is designed for teens ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities. The purpose is to explore Arizona's high country and escape the heat of summer, gain an appreciation for nature and all its beauty, learn how to fish, take a hike or just skip rocks beside a cool mountain lake. Join the fun as Mesa and Chandler go off to the mountains.