A Community For You

At the  Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports you’re part of a community of people who love sports and the outdoors. We understand that having a disability can make it a bit harder to participate. We know how to remove those barriers to get you involved. Join us!  

Programs

Been a while since you were active? Or maybe you are just getting started? We can help! You’ll benefit from our state of the art equipment & knowledge of adaptive sports.  Programs are designed for every skill level, from beginners to Paralympic Champions. How far can you take it? If you’re looking for competitive opportunities we’ve got those too! We’ve produced 7 Paralympians since 2008. We know what it takes and can help you get there. From recreation to competition, you’ll find it at the Center, right here close to home.

 

 There are few vistas of Center City more beautiful than the one seen from a scull gliding gracefully along the quiet banks of the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia Adapted Rowing Program (PAR), a member program of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, assists rowers with disabilities gain access to this incredible sport. Our wide range of sculls, expertise in adapting boats, and energetic volunteers make this unique program a leader in the sport of adaptive rowing. PAR is the oldest adapted rowing program in the US and spearheaded the acceptance of adaptive rowing as a Paralympic sport. Many USA Paralympic team members began their careers and trained with us. We welcome experienced rowers interested in competition as well novices and recreational rowers.

  • DATES OF OPERATION: May – September, Monday – Thursday, 5:30 PM
  • LOCATION: 1233 Martin Luther King Drive, Philadelphia PA 19131

Every weekend, a love of cycling, fresh air, and exercise draws thousands of people to local trails and roadways.  At the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, cyclists with disabilities meet up to pursue this pastime together.  With a fleet of handcycles, tandem bikes, and a willingness to “adapt,” volunteers with the Center make the sport of cycling available to people with any physical disability.

  • DATES OF OPERATION:
    Philadelphia: April – October, Saturday, 10 AM- 1 PM /
    Chester County: April – September
  • LOCATIONS:
    1233 Martin Luther King Drive, Philadelphia PA 19131 /
    Chester County location tbd

 Winter’s snowy weather is no excuse for staying inside! Each weekend from January to early March, a group of certified ski instructors and trained PCAS volunteers offer ski lessons at Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville in the Pocono Mountains. All abilities are accommodated including: guided skiing for the visually impaired, standup and sit down skiing, and lessons for intellectually disabled skiers. We welcome all levels of experience from first time skiers through Paralympic development skiers; our knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport guarantee a great day on the slopes for anyone.

  • DATES OF OPERATION: January – March, Weekends
  • LOCATION: Camelback Mountain, Tannersville PA
  • Lessons by appointment. For questions call (215) 650-7075 or send us an email.

Few sports lend themselves as effortlessly to people with disabilities as kayaking. You’ll set out to explore the many lakes, rivers, and creeks of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.   Our program guides have intimate knowledge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Delaware River tributaries, granting PCAS members access to nature’s hidden beauty and serenity that this sport allows.

  • DATES OF OPERATION: May – September, Monthly
  • LOCATIONS: Around Southeast Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey

 Enjoy sunshine and the summer breeze aboard a 22-foot Rhodes sailboat weekends from June through September at beautiful Lake Nockamixon in the rolling hills of central Bucks County. Our experienced captains apply our adaptive approach to sailing and provide opportunities to learn the fundamentals of sailing or just to enjoy a leisurely sail around the lake. The boat can accommodate a crew of four plus the captain and mate. Trips last a few hours and most “sailors” enjoy a picnic lunch before we set sail.  Come sail with us!

  • DATES OF OPERATION: May – September, By Appointment
  • LOCATION: Nockamixon State Park, PA

Climbing is a fantastic way to get fit, build strength and stamina, meet people and get outdoors! Its a myth that you need to have exceptional upper body strength. A positive attitude will get you a long way, as will a good sense of humor.

We climb indoor and outdoor. Our climbing instructors pride themselves on being able to adapt to your needs. Our program is for anyone who wants a fun and educational introduction to climbing. You’ll learn the essential skills to get you started. You don’t need any previous experience or need to be a gymnast, just be keen to have some fun and do some climbing.

  • DATES OF OPERATION: Indoor: November – March
    Outdoor: To be Announced
  • LOCATION: Indoor: Maple Shade, NJ
    Outdoor: To be Announced

Why Join Us

  • Access to state of the art equipment and training.

  • Improved health and; fitness.

  • Participation in competitive and recreation events.

  • A chance to pursue competitive excellence.

  • You’ll train and play right here in your community on a regular basis.

  • Exciting lifestyle and competitive sport programs.

    A whole lot of fun!!

What People Say

Cycling is not only great for my physical well being, it’s a terrific way to meet and network with new people.
Lauren, cyclist
I would like to  thank you for your excellent instruction. It has been a great experience learning to ski. I love how the instructors make it fun while teaching me to ski better. Thank you for such a great program!
Robert, skier
I’m so glad I found this program. I have had the best time this summer and learned more than I did in any classroom. The people are wonderful!
Jan, rowing volunteer
I was a little nervous entering my first triathlon. But the volunteers, and my fellow vets made it a great day and a great experience. I think I’m ready to (go from)  team format to trying it on my own.
Matt, Veteran program