In 2013 AFAR, Inc. (Adaptive Fitness, Athletics, and Recreation, Inc.), d/b/a The Ability Center recognized a unique opportunity to unite a group of Milwaukee, Wisconsin area adaptive sports teams into one collaborative adaptive sports entity. Known today as the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association, Inc. (WASA), these entities will together provide greater access and opportunities to those in our community with a physical disability or visual impairment.
In 2015, AFAR, Inc. oversaw and managed the transition of formerly known, Waukesha Thunder, Inc., into the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association, Inc. Having been incorporated in the state of Wisconsin in 1996 and receiving their 501(c)(3) exempt nonprofit, charitable status in 1997 — Waukesha Thunder, Inc. has amended their Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to be known as the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association, Inc. (WASA). WASA is comprised of nine collaborating adaptive sports programs: Adaptive Scholastic Athletic Program (ASAP) (4 years of service), Advantage Wisconsin Adaptive / Wheelchair Tennis (25 years of service), Badgerland Veterans Adaptive Sports Club (BVASiC) (4 years of service), Milwaukee Eagles (1 year of service), Milwaukee Heat (10 years of service), Milwaukee Iron (15 years of service), Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks (14 years of service), Wisconsin Thunder (19 years of service), and the Wisconsin Wheelchair Sports Association (WWSA) (33 years of service).
While WASA may be a “newly” organized entity, its’ seven programmatic partners certainly don’t lack in experience. Collectively WASA’s partners have been organized for 125 years, with over 60 collective years of active adaptive programming to over 100 unique participants each year. WASA’s oldest collaborating partner has been in operation for 33 years, with it’s youngest partner having operated for 1 year.
To promote community collaboration of adaptive sports and recreation opportunities to those with physical disabilities and visual impairments in Wisconsin.
WASA’s primary goals
To develop a greater number of consistent and ongoing recreational programmatic opportunities throughout greater Milwaukee.
To create an environment and culture that is welcoming to all abilities and talent levels, from the recreational participant to the elite athlete.
To collaborate whenever and wherever possible to better serve our mission and the participants of WASA.
To hire a staff that can serve our mission and participants with a level of expertise, professionalism, and knowledge that exceeds our own.