University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE)


The Michigan Medicine Adaptive Sports Program (UMAISE) aims to enhance the physical, social and emotional development for people with disabilities by providing quality, local and low-cost sports and recreation opportunities throughout the lifespan.

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 A Sports Experience for Everyone

UMAISE provides affordable access to a variety of sports opportunities for all ages and abilities.  From competitive sports to more laid-back recreational activities, from one-time clinics to full sports seasons, UMAISE aims to help everyone find their inner athlete. 

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Camping
  • Tree Climbing
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Cycling
  • Sports Club
  • Sailing
  • Bowling
  • Soccer

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Run by Professionals
UMAISE sports programs are designed, organized and run by the health professionals of Michigan Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. These volunteers understand how bodies move and work in the athletic world. When needed, we bring in wheelchair specialists to ensure a proper fit and use of a chair. Our event volunteers, supervised under these professionals, come from organizations that are familiar to the University of Michigan family.

Utilizing Local Resources

From a towering walnut tree in a local park to the calm waters of the Huron River at the Gallup Park accessible boat launch to the welcoming gym of an Ann Arbor church, we utilize local resources to house our adaptive sports programs in the community where our participants live. We hope this will allow participants to participate regularly to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Affordable Access to Athletics
UMAISE recognizes that making sports accessible to all people includes making it affordable to all people. Providing access to sports experiences without additional financial burdens on participants and families is important to us. We strive to cover as much of the cost of the experience as possible through generous donors and other University of Michigan resources.

adaptive sports Army-Navy basketball game


UMAISE runs on the support of generous donors and volunteers. If you’d like to make a donation to U-MAISE Adaptive Sports, please contact our team at or call 734-936-7170. You can also Donate to UMAISE online. 

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Contact Us 

Med Inn Building, Room C640
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48197

Phone: 734-936-7170
Fax: 734-936-7515