University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE)

The University of Michigan Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Experience (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.

A UMAISE participant and a staff member kayaking

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. 

Current Programs

  • Basketball
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Tree Climbing
  • Martial Arts
  • Cycling
  • Sports Club
  • Soccer

Additional details, contacts, and registration forms are available on our Current Programs Page

adaptive sports games

Run by Professionals

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

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.

A team photo of the UMAISE Rollverines at a recent competition

A photo of a young boy playing soccer with assistance of a walker

UMAISE in the Press 

Wheelchair Basketball a Slam Dunk for Kids with Disabilities

PMR Adaptive Sports Program Featured UofM Athletics Mock Rock Night

A Boatload of Fun: Adaptive Kayaking Helps Patients Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Hoop Dreams: New Wheelchairs Help Youth Team Prepare for Competition

Motivation Sports Chairs for the Michigan Rollverines (Video)

Rollverines Attend Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Grand Rapids

Contact Us 

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

Phone: 734-936-5491

UMAISE runs on the support of generous donors and volunteers.
View our Current Sponsors & Partners Here
View info on our 2nd Annual Golf Outing Here

If you’d like to make a donation to UMAISE, please contact our team.
You can also Donate to UMAISE online. 

Interested in volunteering? Please request access to our volunteers mailing list -- UMAISE Volunteers 

three UMAISE staff members at a camping event