Ability First Sports

What we're all about.

Ability First is a wheelchair sports camp designed to provide instructional & recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities. Sports range from the beginner through both the junior and national levels of athletic competition. Evening programs are designed to provide opportunities for leisure and social activities.

Since 1985 Ability First Youth Sports Camp has provided sports and recreation opportunities for youth with physical disabilities. Ability First was founded by Eric Snedeker and Bill Bowness, masters students in the Therapeutic Recreation department at California State University, Chico.


Boys & Girls
Ages 7-15
Team & Individual Sports
Water sports
Sports Summer Camps
Sports clinics
professional staff

summer camp overview

A week long sports camp where youth between the ages of 8-17 with physical disabilities learn from skilled coaches the fundamentals of wheelchair sports including basketball, rugby, water skiing, tennis, hand-cycling, swimming and WCMX. Evening camp activities include skit night and a formal dance, all under the supervision of registered nurses and experienced counselors. Ability first is held on the campus of California State University, Chico.

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Address: PO Box 4235
Chico, CA 95927
Phone: 530 588-0335
EMail: info@abilityfirstsports.org