Why Sports Matter
5 youth athlete sports trading cards laying on each other.

Phil Pangrazio

As the President and CEO of Ability360, Phil Pangrazio know firsthand how sports matter. A former wheelchair rugby player, Phil knows the skills he learned on the court have given him many valuable experiences he uses daily to lead this organization.

As 2018 comes to a close, we need your help. Your donation will give us the resources to maintain, support and create programs for adaptive athletes at all levels. Your donation allows us to continue to create more success stories, just like the athletes you’ve seen featured in this series.


2018 Annual Appeal

Sports Matter to a young person who has never had the opportunity to be on a team.

Sports Matter to an athlete who is now living with a new reality after an accident.

Sports Matter to a parent trying to provide their child with a disability with the same opportunities as their peers.

Sports Matter. You matter, especially at Ability360. As the year comes to a close, we humbly ask you to join our team. Help us support our over 2,500 members and more importantly, their dreams.

Please note, through contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (Working Poor Tax Credit), you can donate your Arizona Tax Credit to Ability360.

Ryan Pinney

Ryan Pinney is an Air Force veteran who sustained a spinal injury in 2012. These days, he is racing his handcycle in competitions around the world. His story is a great example of how we work with our military members to get them involved with sports as a way to overcome a life-altering injury.

Ryan is a perfect example of "Why Sports Matter.” Your donation supports both our teams and our youth development programs which introduce kids to adaptive athletics and recreation.

Amy Van Dyken

Big thanks to Amy Van Dyken for all her support of Ability360. When we sat down to interview Amy about why sports matter, we learned how Amy began to swim because of a debilitating health situation. Now she’s going all in on adaptive CrossFit.

Our interview lasted near thirty minutes. Amy was quick to give many great reasons how sports can expose a person with a disability to so much of what they’ll need to prepare them for their future.

Ernie Chun

Ernie Chun came to Phoenix to play Wheelchair Rugby for the 360 Heat. The has team won three national championships in the five years. Now Ernie will begin to set his sights on making the squad for Team USA as it prepares for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan.

So why do sports matter? Ability360 is home to numerous teams who are striving to win. Along with developing the fundamentals and making sure we include as many people as possible, we hope our athletes experience the challenges it takes to win in any competition. We know they’ll encounter the same challenges beyond sports and will have the confidence to take them on and prevail.

Stephen Hernandez

Stephen Hernandez is a high school student on a mission. And Ability360 has given him skills on and off the court to accomplish his dreams to play wheelchair basketball in college. We know that his dedication and determination will keep hin on track to do so. Remember his name. You’ll see it in the record books soon.

So why do sports matter? At Ability360, the skills that are learned on the court, in the pool, on the rock wall or in the gym, translate to confidence and success outside our walls. Once you’ve seen what you can achieve in sports, you know you can tackle anything life throws your way too.



We are excited to introduce a new giving opportunity, Club360, our multi-year giving club.

There is no time commitment, just your pledge of $2,500 or more annually that will help us to support our members. This vital funding will be used to offer service at little or no cost to those with financial needs and help us sustain our one-of-a-kind facility.

Your donation may be eligible for the Working Poor Tax Credit (consult your tax advisor).

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Birdies for Charity

Ability360 with the Birdies for Charity program

You can make a difference at Ability360 by making a pledge to the Birdies for Charity program presented by the Thunderbirds at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. You don’t have to be a golfer or attend the event. As a participating charity, Ability360 will receive every penny donated in our name.

Birdies can also mean bonus bucks!

When donations in our name total $500 or more, we will be eligible to receive a 15% bonus on the total amount of pledges collected on our behalf from today until 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.

Donate via Birdies for Charity

Tax Credit

You can support Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center for those in need at no cost to you! Through Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (Working Poor Tax Credit), you can donate up to $400 individually or $800 for couples, filing jointly on your Arizona Tax Return.

Tax Credits

Questions? Please contact Meghan Fable at meghanf@ability360.org