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The Movin’ Mavs program is proud of our legendary history of excellence in Wheelchair Basketball and Adapted Sports.  The founder of the Movin’ Mavs, Jim Hayes, began the UTA Freewheeler program in the 1970’s as a way for students with disabilities to participate in healthy and active sports and recreation programs while working on their academic goals and degree plans. 

In 1988 the Freewheelers began to recognize student athletes with scholarships to participate in adapted sports and entered the NWBA Intercollegiate Division as the Movin’ Mavs. Since that time, with 7 Intercollegiate Division National Championships, and 5 ITA Wheelchair Tennis National Championships, the Movin’ Mavs have established themselves as a program that works to represent the University at the highest levels of Adapted Sport Competition. 

Athletes come to  the Movin’ Mavs program from around the world for an opportunity to earn a degree while developing their sport skills with daily practices and speed and conditioning programs individually designed to help them meet their academic and athletic goals.  Goals for the coming years include expanding recreational and competitive sport opportunities to other sports, including our new competitive adapted swimming program, hand cycling, track and field, rugby weightlifting, and women’s sports. 

Athletes who are interested in attending UTA and working to reach their potential in the classroom and on the fields and courts of competition should contact Coach Doug Garner at