Mesa to Host Desert Challenge Games

The 20th annual Desert Challenge Games for disabled athletes will be held May 19-23 in Mesa. The competition is open to all U.S. and international athletes with a physical disability, ages 6 through adult. Athletes will compete in track and field, weight lifting, archery and swimming.

This year Mesa is one of two locations in the U.S. to host International Classification. Thirty-two athletes are expected to compete and obtain their International Classification on Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20. Athletes from Mexico, Canada, and Bermuda are already confirmed to attend the Games. Athletes will also be able to qualify for national competitions including the National Junior Disability Sports Championships and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

"We are very excited to once again host the Desert Challenge Games,” Arizona Disabled Sports Executive Director Lane Jeppesen said. “We try to out-do ourselves every year, and I think this year we've done it by hosting the International Classification and qualifiers for national competition in Junior Sports and the Veterans Wheelchair Games.”

This year the Games are sponsored by Jodi Davis Photography and Symbius Medical. Program sponsors include, Mesa Public Schools, Grand Canyon State Games, and the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau. Desert Challenge Games is hosted by the City of Mesa and Arizona Disabled Sports.

The cost is $50 per athlete and registration begins on April 5. The Games will be held at Red Mountain High School, Shepherd Aquatic Center and Usery Mountain Park. To register please visit

For more information about the Games, or to volunteer please contact Lane Jeppesen at (480) 835-6273 or email