Athletes with Disabilities Network
Athletes with Disabilities Network was formed in 2009 by combining the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame (est. 1999) and Extremity Games (est. 2007).
Originally, established by Tony Filippis Sr., the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame (ADHOF) is the first organization of its kind and has recognized over 100 exceptional individuals since 1999. Our honorees are role models for the next generation of young people with disabilities, and their awe-inspiring stories bring much-needed awareness to the general public. We celebrate the accomplishments of persons of all disabilities — from wheelchair rugby players to amputee skiers to visually-impaired swimmers — and each honoree must meet strict criteria for integrity and contributions to society. In addition, ADHOF originated the Mentoring, Outreach & Scholarship Program, as well as started the Adaptive Sports Coalition, which brings together over 20 organizations to provide a greater impact globally through shared resources and coordinated event planning.
Annual events include:
Extremity Games Motocross
Extremity Games Main Event
Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Awards Dinner
is an extreme sports event including competitions, instructional clinics and exhibitions for people with amputations and/or spinal cord injuries. During its first nine years, the Games have been held in three states and hosted nearly 1,000 athletes from 10 countries.
Extremity Games competitions and instructional clinics help people recognize their own personal endurance, strength and achievement, while offering an opportunity for individuals to have camaraderie with others facing similar challenges. Competitions include skateboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing kayaking, mountain biking and motocross.
Held annually, Extremity Games hosts athletes from around the world, as well as many returning military veterans who have been injured. Extremity Games has served as the qualifier for the ESPN® Super X Adaptive Finals motocross competition in conjunction with Adaptive Action Sports; and the World Wakeboard Association’s National Championships.