Adaptive Sports

What is Possible.

Exceed Expectations

Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program provides free recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities. The only one of its kind in Central California, the program is designed for individuals with physical impairments and conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries. Disabled youth up to age 21 are especially encouraged to attend. Volunteers of any age, disabled or able-bodied, are needed to assist with events, mentoring and coaching. 

Our region’s abundant mountains, lakes, rivers, trails, athletic facilities and more make amazing destination hotspots for recreational and competitive activities. Whether water skiing or rock climbing, participants enjoy a fun experience while boosting their health, confidence and independence. 

Through hard work and determination, the children learn it is possible to participate in athletics, exceed expectations and achieve their dreams. 

Current Programs 

Team sports:

  • Basketball
  • Sled Hockey
  • Tennis

Event Programs:

  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Water Skiing 

Enhance Support

The program enables people with similar physical disabilities, as well as parents of children with special needs, to come together and socially interact. This provides increased opportunity for participants and family members to make new friends and expand their support system. 

Make It Possible

Our adaptive sports program that originally began with a water ski event has since grown into today's formal hospital program that offers a variety of clinics. We need your assistance, including donations of funds, equipment and expertise to maintain and grow these invaluable services for youth throughout the Valley.

Help Build a Self-Sustaining Program

Dr. Jennifer Crocker, medical director, Valley Children's pediatric rehabilitation center, leads Valley Children's 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 injuries. Since arriving at Valley Children’s in 2008, she has inspired great interest in adaptive sports throughout Central California. Her long-term goal is to build a self-sustaining program that offers both recreational and competitive adaptive sports.

For more information on Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program

Call (559) 353-5247

To Make a Donation Online

Go to to access the online donation portal on Valley Children’s website. Select “Adaptive Sports” from the donation designation drop-down menu.

By Check

Make check payable to “Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation”
(Please note that your contribution is for Adaptive Sports on the memo line of the check.)
and send to
Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation
9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA  93636-8762