FAQs

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Any community member interested in adaptive water sports, cycling, or tennis can sign up for a session with us at the Summer Sports Program at Watch City, Woerd Ave, Waltham MA. Sessions are offered May through October. Programming is available for children and adults of all ages with any disability.

Children and young adults interested in a group soccer and conditioning program can join us on Thursday evenings at the Cotting School in Lexington. We offer two time slots, 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm, and the program runs from September to May.

Adults interested in adaptive tennis can join our program at Harvard, which meets on Wednesday mornings in the Gordon Indoor Track on Harvard’s athletic campus. Adaptive tennis and conditioning runs from October to May.

Parents of children or young adults on the autism spectrum can sign up for our watersports program offered in conjunction with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. These sessions are held on the Reservoir Pond in Canton, at the Mass Hospital School waterfront. Sessions are held each Saturday from early June to early August, as well as weekday afternoons during mid-summer.

If you have any questions about which AccesSport programs are right for you, please call us at 978.393.1143.

AccesSportAmerica is funded by donations & fundraising events, grants, program partners, as well as session payments from our athletes at all our various programs. Our two signatjure fundraisers are the Wave Gala auction held each spring, and the Mayor’s Cup Regatta held each summer. To see more information on how you can contribute to our mission, please click here.

AccesSport specializes in sports that the most agile athletes find challenging. We intentionally choose sports that our athletes may have little to no experience with, and which they may have never even considered. We are pioneers in the field of adaptive windsurfing, and we offer other unique water sports as well: Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, stand-up paddling, and kayaking.

Our Summer Sports Program at Watch City (Waltham MA), we also offer a wide range of adaptive sports including Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, adaptive bicycles (including recumbent and hand cycling), and a unique form of adaptive skateboarding, or “land paddling.”

At Harvard University we offer adaptive tennis, with innovative drills and games that challenge ambulatory and wheelchair players alike.  Two sessions of Thursday Nigh Soccer are offered at the Cotting School in Lexington.

Our In-School Sports Program is held in Boston Public Schools  with a curriculum that includes soccer, basketball (introduced in 2018 in collaboration with former Boston Celtic Terry Rozier), and hockey (introduced in 2019 in collaboration with former Boston Bruin Andrew Raycroft).

The patented AccesSportAmerica Gait Trainer Program is offered 3 days per week at the Cotting School in Lexington.  The Gait Trainer Program is beneficial to adults living with standing, balancing, and ambulatory issues, whether short term or chronic.

For a full description and photos of each of our sports, click here.

To apply for one or more of our programs, please complete our application.

Bill Yates

“AccesSportAmerica provides a unique opportunity for high school and college students as well as young professionals to serve as instructors and to participate as teammates with people living with disabilities in high-challenge athletic pursuits. The experience can be life-changing and has influenced many of these young people in their career paths.”

Bill Yates Founding Chair, Mayor's Cup Regatta