How to Begin and Grow an Adaptive Sports Program and the Resources Needed

Arts & Recreation Webinar Series
Thursday, February 8, 2024
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Eastern Time

Sponsored by Great Lakes ADA Center and ADA National Network (ADANN)
For help, contact Great Lakes ADA Center: 1-877-232-1990 (Voice/TTY) or email

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The Founder of the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), a non-profit organization, saw there was a need for physical activity and health promotion programs and wanted to provide a place where no one was left sitting on the sidelines due to a disability. Almost 25 years later, GLASA has impacted 3,000 youth and adults with outreach programs, served over 1,000 individuals, offers nearly 600 programming sessions, serves athletes in over 30 states, and has over 20 adaptive and paralympic sports. During this session, the founder of GLASA will provide an overview of the resources and planning needed to build an adaptive sports program from the ground up. The overview will include information on defining the mission, the target population to be served, key volunteers/stakeholders, building a budget, setting goals, a timeline, evaluation, and sustainability. There will be time for participants to ask questions of the speaker following the presentation.

Participants may submit questions for the presenter in advance during the registration process.

This session will have human generated real-time captioning available.

Continuing Education Credit available: Certificate of Attendance; ACTCP: 1.5 Credits


Cindy Housner, Executive Director and Founder, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association