Over 300 athletes with disabilities compete at Desert Challenge Games in Mesa this week

May 17, 2022, 9:33 AM

PHOENIX – More than 300 athletes with disabilities from 12 countries are gathering in Mesa this week to compete in the Desert Challenge Games.

“The 2022 Desert Challenge Games is a phenomenal opportunity for adaptive athletes to experience competition on an international level while being exposed to sports they may not have tried in the past,” Rhonda Carlson, executive director of Arizona Disabled Sports, said in a press release.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes of all ages and abilities to our area and appreciate the opportunity to play a role in their adaptive sports journey.”

The Mesa Parks and Recreation Department partners with Arizona Disabled Sports to host the Desert Challenge Games, which is in its 31st year.

The 2022 event, which runs Wednesday-Sunday, consists of air pistol and rifle, archery, swimming, and track and field competitions.

The World Para Athletics-sanctioned track and field competition will take place at Mesa Community College, as will the archery action.

The Kino Aquatic Center will host the swimming competition, while the Broadway Recreation Center is the air pistol and rifle venue.

There will also be clinics for adaptive air pistol and rifle, powerlifting and sit volleyball.

More information is available at the Desert Challenge Games website.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...

Hear stories from 2022 Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s with KTAR, Arizona Sports

Here are the stories of five kids from this year's Phoenix Children's Give-A-Thon that are living examples of the quality care provided at the hospital.
6 hours ago
(Twitter photo: @DougDucey)...

Arizona DHS director says state couldn’t wait on shipping container wall at southern border

With a high number of migrants crossing the border, Tim Roemer said Arizona couldn't wait any longer to use the shipping containers.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/University of Arizona)...

UArizona preparing for new semester with COVID, monkeypox, flu threats

The University of Arizona begins its 2022-23 academic year on Monday and President Robert Robbins said the school is monitoring the prevalence of health risks such as COVID, monkeypox and the flu.
6 hours ago
(Flickr File Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)...

Man pleads guilty to bribing border agent as part of human smuggling conspiracy

A man accused of bribing a border agent as part of a human smuggling operation pleaded guilty in Arizona last week, federal authorities said Monday.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Human Services Campus)...

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee kicks off water drive to help homeless population

The Arizona Super Bowl LVII Host Committee kicked off a monthlong water drive Monday to help organizations that serve the Valley’s homeless population.
6 hours ago
(Facebook photo: Steak 44)...

6 Arizona restaurants make OpenTable’s best date night spots

Teaming up with the app Bumble, OpenTable came up with the best 100 spots for a date night, with six Arizona restaurants making the list. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Over 300 athletes with disabilities compete at Desert Challenge Games in Mesa this week