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Adaptive Sports

What is Possible.

Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program provides recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities. Open to all ages, the free program is the only one of its kind in the Central Valley. It’s designed for individuals with physical and health impairments and conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries. Through hard work and determination, participants learn that it’s possible for them, too, to take part in athletic activities, exceed expectations and achieve their dreams.


Program support – including donations of funds, equipment and expertise – is greatly needed to enable the program to shift from a staff-driven, volunteer summer clinic, to a formal hospital program that offers a variety of clinics. Wells Fargo contributed $75,000 to launch the effort, and Children’s new van, funded by a nearly $94,000 donation from Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino and the County of Madera, helps transport participants.


The Central Valley’s abundant mountains, lakes, rivers, trails and more are destination hotspots for recreational and athletic activities. From water and snow skiing, to rock climbing, kayaking and power soccer clinics, Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program draws upon our region’s impressive resources to provide participants a fun experience while boosting their health, confidence and independence.

Being involved in athletic activities helped me realize that even though something bad happens it's not the end of the world. I can still do everything I could do - just in a different way. - Desiree Vines, 19, Paraplegic and Children's Hospital Patient

The program offers a unique opportunity for people with similar disabilities to come together and increase their social interaction. Parents of special needs children also have the chance to meet other parents and find support, encouragement and friendship.

Dr. Jennifer Crocker, medical director of Children’s pediatric rehabilitation center, leads Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program. Dr. Crocker is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her special interests include adaptive sports and spinal cord injury. She significantly contributed to a similar project as assistant professor of pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, in Indianapolis. Her long-term goal is to build a robust, self-sustaining program that offers both recreational and competitive adaptive sports.



For more information on Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program:
CALL: 559.353.6130 or EMAIL



Go to to access the online donation portal on Children’s website. Choose "Other" for the donation designation and type in Adaptive Sports.

Make check payable to “Children's Hospital Central California” and note that it is for
Adaptive Sports on the memo line of the check. Mail your donation to:
Children’s Hospital Central California Foundation, 9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA  93636-8762