April 29, 2013
Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Mesa, AZ – This year is the 23rd annual Desert Challenge Games, a three-day event for athletes with physical disabilities to compete in the areas of archery, swimming and track and field. Competition is open to all U.S. and international athletes with a physical disability, ages 6 through adult. The Games will draw in approximately 150 disabled athletes from across the U.S. and the world.
The Games will be held on May 17-19 at the following locations:
Red Mountain High School, 7301 East Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85207 - Track and Field
Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 South Crismon Road, Mesa, AZ 85208 - Swimming
Usery Mountain Park, 3939 North Usery Pass Road, Mesa, AZ 85207 – Archery
Registration is underway for The Games and costs are $75 per athlete from April 27 to May 3. Register online at: www.desertchallengegames.com
Leading up to The Games, a military camp will be hosted by U.S. Paralympics from Monday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 15 at Luke Air Force Base, 4185 W. Falcon Street. Twenty-five veterans from across the U.S. and two from Arizona will participate in the track and field camp and then participate in the Desert Challenge Games.
The Desert Challenge Games has also been selected as one of six events of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Athletics Grand Prix. This competition is the only Grand Prix event to take place in the United States.
The Games is sponsored by Symbius Medical, Disabled Sports USA and Vantage Mobility International. Program partners include Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department.
Volunteers and spectators are encouraged to attend. Volunteers can contact Nina Bernardo at (480) 835-6275 or email at Nina@arizonadisabledsports.com
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