Midwest Adaptive Sports is a 501.c3 non-profit organization focused on positively impacting the lives of those with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral challenges through adaptive recreational and competitive sports. Offering hope, encouragement and the ability to achieve to people with wide range of abilities MAS empowers athletes and enables them to grow physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and depend on donations from individuals and groups who understand and support our mission.
Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational and competitive sports programs for individuals with disabilities. Our objective is to have fun, build independence, self-esteem, confidence, physical development and socialization. We strive to enhance active participation in all aspects of the community by promoting the concept of ability through integration, public awareness and education.
Vision: To empower individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral challenges to positively impact their lives and provide the chance for those persons to gain independence, confidence and dignity through sports recreation and competition.
Bill Brooks- President
Bill Brooks has been involved with adaptive sports for 13 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since its formation in 2011 and has served as the only President during that time. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed providing sporting opportunities for athletes and volunteers the most. Bill also works as a Dairy Economist and high school football official, as well as serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and has no free time.
Tom Sanders- Vice President
Tom Sanders has been involved with adaptive sports for 20 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since its inception in 2011 and with the organizations that preceded MAS. He has served as a board member, instructor, trainer and Vice President. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed adaptive snow sports, water skiing and hand cycling the most. Tom works as a wireless network technician and is the Assistant Director of Snow Creek Ski and Snowboard School in Weston, MO. When asked what he does in his free time, he states, “what free time?”
Jenny Karnes- Secretary
Jenny Karnes has served as the Secretary and Communications Director for Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since its inception in 2011. She started working in adaptive sports 4 years prior to the founding of Midwest Adaptive Sports when she volunteered to take her blind and visually impaired students to learn how to ski. This experience ignited a lifelong passion for skiing, teaching and helping others. Jenny also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She grew up in a military family and attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia where she received two degrees, one in Music Therapy and the other in German. Jenny is currently practicing music therapy with blind and visually impaired students, is a swim instructor and a certified Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) level I adaptive and alpine ski instructor, teaching those with and without disabilities how to ski.
Alece Attema- Treasurer
Alece Attema has served as Treasurer of Midwest Adaptive Sports since 2015. In life, she discovered the most rewarding experience is when she is helping others. She has chosen to combine her knowledge of teaching and love of sports to guide, support, and encourage the athletes of Midwest Adaptive Sports. Alece graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, Missouri with a teaching degree. She finds her job to be rewarding and enjoys the opportunity to spend time with disabled youth and adults helping them find success and happiness in their everyday life. She grew up on the family farm with my three brothers and has an appreciation for rural life.
Stan Weston- Donations/Youth Sports
Stan Weston has been involved with adaptive sports for 15 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Western State University – St. Joseph, MO and is a member of the MWSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He also has a Masters Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Northwest Missouri State University. Stan retired from the St. Joseph, MO school district after 30 years of teaching Elementary PE. He coached High School Baseball for 30 years at Lafayette and Central High School and coached football for 20 years, softball for 5 years and girl’s basketball for 1 year. Stan started teaching at Snow Creek in 2002 and joined the adaptive program the following year. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since its inception in 2011 and has served as a board member and fundraising committee chair. He has obtained his Level I Adaptive certification with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and has over 100 hours of training at through the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
Brad Hudspeth- Quad Rugby/Board Member
Brad Hudspeth has been involved with adaptive sports for 2 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since 2015 and has served as a board member. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed wheelchair rugby the most. Brad is a stay at home Dad and spends his free time taking care of his children.
John Teegarden- Wheelchair Softball
John Teegarden has been involved with adaptive sports for 10 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since 2016 and has served as Director of Softball. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed playing softball, basketball and helping out with the kids camps and fundraising events. John works in Olathe, KS and spends his free time at the gym and watching sports with friends and family. John was a member of the 2016 Wheelchair Softball Team USA as they went undefeated and won the first annual World Cup in Sapporo, Japan. He was also selected Division II best Right Fielder at the 2017 NWSA World Series.
Tony Durham- Quad Rugby/Board Member
Tony Durham has been involved with adaptive sports for 6 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since January 2016 and has served as the primary representative for the KC Revolution Wheelchair Rugby team. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed meeting and building friendships with the members and helping to unify and grow the adaptive sports scene in the Kansas City area the most. Tony works as a Parts Counterman at Blue Springs Ford and spends his free time playing rugby and being with his wife and kids.
Tom Knaus- Quad Rugby/Wheelchair Basketball
Tom Knaus has been involved with adaptive sports for 12 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since the summer of 2016 and has served as a board member, rugby player and basketball player. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed fundraising at the Royals the most. Tom works as an occupational therapist at the Rehab Institute of Kansas City and spends his free time playing rugby, basketball and trying to grow adaptive sports in Kansas City.
Matt Bollig- Wheelchair Basketball/Youth Sports
Matt Bollig has been involved with adaptive sports for 6 years. He has been with Midwest Adaptive Sports (MAS) since August 2016 and has served as the Director of Wheelchair basketball and Youth Sports. During his time with MAS, he has enjoyed going to meetings and talking about/planning all of the ways to make Kansas City one of the most well known cities for adaptive recreation. Matt works in and spends his free time playing wheelchair basketball, hunting and working on grants and fundraising to build MAS into a bigger and better organization.