City of Mesa News Article
U.S. Paralympic team attending Desert Challenge Games in Mesa
By: Lily King-Cisneros
04/30/14 10:52 AM

April 30, 2014
Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119 

Mesa, AZ – Mesa is hosting this year’s Desert Challenge Games on May 9-11 at Red Mountain High School, Skyline Aquatic Center and Usery
Mountain Archery Range.

“This year we have the entire U.S. Paralympic Team attending,” Arizona Disabled Sports Executive Director, Lane Gram said.  “Plus, with the announcement that we are the only U.S. city to represent the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Grand Prix, it’s sure to draw in more people in attendance.”

The Desert Challenge Games is a three-day event for athletes ages seven through adulthood with a physical disability that compete in track and field, archery and swimming. 

More than 230 athletes are currently register to compete representing countries from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Great Britain, Costa Rica and Columbia. Locally, there are 52 athletes competing from Arizona Disabled Sports and 22 are active-duty or military veterans. In addition, 31 athletes from the U.S. Paralympic National Team will be competing in the Track and Field division. 

Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to come out and support the athletes.  

To learn more about The Desert Challenge Games or to view the schedule visit:  


About IPC
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics. The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.

About Arizona Disabled Sports
AZDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disability. The Association provides year round sports training and competition through our Team Mesa adaptive programs for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


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