Our Mission

Provide opportunities for youth and adults with physical challenges to enhance the quality of their lives.

Our Vision

Create a community that fosters physical, mental and cognitive wellness.

Our Core Values

Everyone at The Center will be treated with respect, feel welcomed, experience support, be included and be valued for their uniqueness. Diversity makes us better, and exclusion will not be tolerated.

Successes across the organization will be celebrated creating a positive environment upheld by inspiration, empowerment, support and fun. We can only be at our best when our environment promotes positivity and support.

Best practices will be upheld in all programs and services to ensure members are afforded the best opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives. Staff will be driven by what’s best for members.

Everyone’s voice has merit. Ideas should be shared, recommendations should be welcomed and change should be expected as we perpetually advance the mission of The Center.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Historic Photo of The Center Founders burning the deed of The Center after paying it off.

Our History

The Center was established in 1957 by The National Council of Jewish Women in Tulsa to provide organized social, cultural and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities, specifically mobility, dexterity and sensory impairments. By 1959, a Board of Directors was formed, and The Center became a private, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization. Initially housed in the basement of Hillcrest Hospital, the first Center was built in 1967.

The Center moved into its current facility in 2005 and, in 2019, The Center opened the Hardesty Family Adaptive Sports Complex adding additional space to the already existing main building. In total, The Center offers 75,000 square feet of space, including an adaptive fitness center, two gyms, a therapeutic pool, rock-climbing wall, adaptive yoga studio, horticulture classroom and garden, art and craft studios, computer lab and a track serving youth and adults.