Support Adaptive Athletics

Expanding Opportunities

Focused on our mission to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning, EWU is creating opportunity for student-athletes with physical disabilities through the development of the first competitive, collegiate adaptive athletics program in the western United States. The EWU Adaptive Athletics Program creates diversity, opportunity and distinction.


Eastern is already cementing its status as the premier inclusive and competitive program in the region. In 2019 we established the first sanctioned intercollegiate National Wheelchair Basketball Association team in the Northwest. These students bring strong athletic ability, a desire to learn both on and off the court, and a love of teamwork to the Eastern campus. In return, EWU provides a community support system and a quality education.

Investment in our student-athletes through the Adaptive Athletics Program and inaugural wheelchair basketball team provides a unique opportunity for you to support access to sports for all. The program receives university, community and grant support; however, grant funding for salaries and scholarships are not common. Ongoing community support is needed to contribute to the viability of the program and improve the likelihood of securing more grant funding to help take adaptive athletics to the next level.

Made possible by our founding sponsors:

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Help Us Keep the Momentum Going

Now is the time to build upon the excitement and momentum generated by the wheelchair basketball team. Future opportunities to grow EWU Adaptive Athletics include track and field, tennis, sled hockey, snow skiing, and other sports.

Adaptive Athletics Scholarships

Scholarships enhance recruiting efforts as many recruits face higher out-of-state tuition rates, with the closest programs in Arizona and Minnesota.

Adaptive Athletics Coaches

In this self-sustaining program, grant funding for coach salaries or scholarships are extraordinarily limited.

Competitive Travel

As the only adaptive athletics program in the Northwest, the costs for the team to travel and compete add up quickly.

Your Support is Critical

There are many ways to give, including a one-time gift or multi-year pledges. All gifts have a tremendous impact on our students’ lives and we are appreciative of the support!

Contact Us

Kaarin Appel

Senior Director of Philanthropy
College of Health Sciences & Public Health
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