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Opportunities for all people to enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives

The STAR (Sports, Therapeutic and Adaptive Recreation) Association provides all people in the La Crosse area therapeutic and adaptive recreation programs that support overall health and the best possible quality of life.

Spring Program Registration (March 12th-May 6th) Summer Program Registration (June 4th-July 29th)

STAR Summer Programs

    • Adaptive and Para Kayaking (Lake Neshonoc) from 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Adaptive and Para Track and Field from 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Adaptive Kickball from 6:00-7:30 pm
    • Adaptive and Para Tennis from 6:00- 7:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- Rock Steady Boxing from 11:30-12:30 pm
    • Wheelchair Handball from 6:00-7:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- PD Exercise from 11:30-12:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- PD Music from 1:00-2:00 pm
    • Fit Kids from 6:00-7:00 pm
    • Adaptive and Para Track and Field from 6:00-7:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- Rock Steady Boxing from 11:30-12:30 pm
    • Adaptive and Para Strength and Conditioning from 5:00-6:00 pm
    • Adaptive and Para Pickleball from 6:00-7:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- PD Exercise from 11:30-12:30 pm
    • Can’t Stop Me- PD Music from 1:00-2:00 pm
    • Wheelchair Lacrosse from 6:00-7:30 pm

The STAR Center Story

Not long ago, La Crosse community members asked the question, how can we provide the opportunity for everyone to lead the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible? Joining with educators, aging and disability advocates, health professionals, social organizations and support organizations, we defined the vision of health equity. This vision will close the gap of fitness and activity opportunity for all community members.

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Men's team playing wheelchair basketball

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Who we serve

We serve people with disabilities, chronic conditions or those recovering from strokes or accidents. The STAR Center offers an array of all-inclusive programs, allowing all community members to benefit through participation. Every individual has the opportunity to choose what type of programming—community-based assistive exercise, adaptive programming or inclusion programming—best suits their needs.

Currently, STAR Center programs are held at various venues throughout the La Crosse area. In the future, the STAR Center will become a one-of-a-kind, universal-access, adaptive fitness center open to all.


STAR Center fitness programs and activities offer young people fun opportunities to reach their full potential and live their healthiest lives. Our adaptive physical education introduces youth to new activities that may become life-long passions. Here, youth can stay active, try new things, make new friends and just have fun.

Adults and seniors

Staying healthy at every stage of life can be challenging. At the STAR Center, all adults and senior citizens can find programs and activities that satisfy their needs and preferences. Plus, expert assistance in every program ensures maximum benefit and enjoyment!


The STAR Center offers rewarding, therapeutic activities for veterans of all ages and abilities—Wounded Warriors, War fighters and veterans experiencing PTSD, social isolation and other conditions. We’re honored to help veterans support their overall wellbeing with veterans fitness programs, wheelchair sports, adaptive sports and more.

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“I know firsthand how difficult it is to maintain quality of life in a wheelchair. I believe the STAR Center will become a template for other communities.”

Tom Koster
Children’s Miracle Network Steering Committee
Gundersen Medical Foundation
Customer Relationship Specialists for Ehler Insurance
North American Squirrel Association
STAR Association Board of Directors
1 out of 5 people are excluded from physical activity that is essential for maintaining health
— Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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