Recreational programs like archery, scuba diving, Paralympic powerlifting, and a variety of seasonal, non-competitive sports and camps foster strength and achievement.
The Ability Gym
If you’re ready to gain strength and endurance join our adaptive fitness, exercise rehabilitation, strengthening, and athlete performance group or individual sessions.
Competitive Team Sports
Want to be on a competitive team and build skills and comradery? Check out our wheelchair basketball, soccer, rugby, sled hockey, swim, track & field, and more.
Your donation impacts our DASA athletes’ lives directly and helps them thrive. We simply could not help this amazing group of individuals without you.
Our Impact By The Numbers
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Portion of each dollar that directly helps athletes
Make a Difference
Getting involved in any way you can – donating, sponsoring, attending fundraisers, sharing DASA on social media, coming to cheer on our athletes, and more – makes a difference and impacts our athletes’ lives.
Our Events Calendar
DASA holds many fun, important events, including competitions, exhibitions, sporting events, camps, and fundraisers. View our calendar and join us for an exciting time while benefiting our athletes.
Recreation & Competitive Sports
Do you love to compete or simply enjoy fitness and recreational activities? Our recreation programs, camps, and competitive sports, like yoga, rock climbing, archery, wheelchair basketball, soccer, swimming, and others, offer something for everyone.
Ability Gym & Paralympic Training
Our Ability Gym helps you rediscover and focus on the abilities you already have with post-therapy fitness, strengthening, and enhancing peak performance to achieve sporting goals and reach even higher.
Diffability: We are not “normal,” not “broken,” not “special.” We don’t have a “condition.” We are able, we just have different abilities, or diffabilities.
“We’ve moved all over the country and experienced many different therapy approaches. When we moved to St. Louis, we found DASA and it has been life-changing for our son. He is now a competing Paralympic athlete in Track and Field.”
“…our son has never been away from home before and has extreme anxiety. During camp week, he gained so much confidence and independence! And, it still shows on a daily basis.”
Our son has been part of DASA for several years now; his growth has been amazing. When he doesn’t focus on his physical ‘diffabilities’ as much, he can tune into his intellectual and social abilities. It’s been a blessing to be a part of this organization and see my son blossom.”
“Camp WeCanDu reminds me of how amazing DASA and its members truly are. A community bond exists unlike one I have ever been a part of. The kids amaze me every year, growing in their compassion and maturity. I am so thankful to take part in Camp WeCanDu.”
This school year, our son gained enough strength to easily walk through his school building and keep up with his schedule and his peers. His many successes are strongly influenced by the opportunities he has had at DASA (archery, swimming, golf, the AT/Ability Gym). We are forever grateful.
So many times in the real world, our daughter gets left out or has to sit on the sidelines and watch other kids participate. Not with Camp WeCanDo! It still brings tears to my eyes seeing my child doing all of the things any other kid can do. I don’t think saying thank you is enough to express how I feel.”