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1970 - Families in the Puget Sound with children born with Spina Bifida found a support organization called the Spina Bifida Association of Puget Sound.
1991 – Jim Martinson - local wounded warrior and advocate for disabled sports- meets the Spina Bifida Association and introduces track racing & field, followed by an adaptive swimming team.
1999 – The Seattle Jr Sonics wheelchair basketball team is founded and featured on a Team Cheerios cereal box.
2003 – To better serve the purpose of the organization, the name is changed to Northwest Wheelchair Sports.
2005 – The organization is renamed to Northwest Adaptive Sports. The Seattle Jr Sonics attend their first NWBA National Championship Tournament.
2007 - Washington State is the first state to accept high school wheelchair athletes to team scoring in track and field. Seattle hosts the NWBA Prep National Championships to 9 teams from across the country.
2008 – The organization changes name to Seattle Adaptive Sports and adds adult teams. SAS hosts NWBA Varsity National Championships for the top 16 junior teams in the country.
2009 – SAS founds The CREW Youth Social Mentoring program to provide a youth social outlet.
2011 – SAS forms the Seattle Storm women’s basketball team and joins the NWBA Women’s Division.
2012 – A USA Hockey clinic attended by over 30 athletes and guest USA Paralympic Team members leads to the formation of the Seattle Thunderbirds Sled Hockey team.
2013 – SAS forms the Seattle Power Soccer team,

2014 - SAS holds its 1st Annual Paralympic Sports Day to over 100 individuals with physical disabilities

2015 - For the first time, SAS sends 4 basketball teams to NWBA National Championships.

2016 - The Seattle Storm host NWBA Women's National Championships. The Sno-King Thunderbird Sled Hockey team hosts their first ever sled hockey game at the Showare Center. SAS initiates a wheelchair tennis program for Seattle. 

Our History

Meet our board

Our Board of Directors are the senior leaders of our organization - they set our strategic direction and are among our greatest advocates. 


Ben Chao | President
Corrie Frasier | Vice President

Jennifer Waggoner

Dr. ​Cheryl Kerfeld 


If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please send a message to info@seattleadaptivesports.org 





Who we ARE

Seattle Adaptive Sports (SAS) is a non-profit,

501(c)(3) organization recognized by the US Olympic/Paralympic Committee as a Paralympic Sports Club. 


We believe that team sports are a powerful vehicle for personal growth & development for people with disabilities. As Western Washington's leading adaptive sports organization, we build and support recreational and nationally competitive teams, including wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and power soccer. 

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To enable people with physical disabilities to push beyond their limits and reach their full potential​.




Seattle Adaptive Sports will be a regional hub that connects athletes and the community with opportunities to compete, learn, and grow.




Excellence

Sustainability

Integrity

Community

Mission

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