Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreation organization that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.

Courage League Sports was inspired by Jack, who at the age of eight, suffered multiple strokes that forever changed his life. Frustrated at the lack of options for her son, Melissa Clarke-Wharff opened Courage League Sports in Urbandale where those with special needs could participate and be active outside of a therapy atmosphere. Today, Courage League serves nearly 1,000 kids & 500 adults on a monthly basis in the greater Des Moines area.

In the fall of 2018, Courage League Sports opened their first licensed location in Iowa City, Iowa. The inspiration for Courage League Sports Iowa City has a story similar to Jack’s… Eleven year old Sam is a happy, healthy boy who is primarily nonverbal, with cognitive and physical delays. Sam is unable to participate with his peers in typical sports and recreational activities. Sam’s circumstances and interests provided his parents the desire to open an Iowa City location and bring year-round adapted play to eastern Iowa!

University of Iowa Therapeutic Recreation logo

CLS Iowa City operates in collaboration with students from the University of Iowa Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Therapy programs helping to facilitate programming.

CLS Iowa City offers 4-week sessions of structured, adapted play for children and adults. Register your participant at the bottom of this page. Scholarship opportunities, as well as community volunteer opportunities, are available. Please inquire via email at to learn more!

Exterior image of GreenState Family Fieldhouse

Courage League Sports Iowa City has found a new home at the GreenState Family Fieldhouse

200 E 9th Street
Coralville, IA 52241

  • Enter on south side of building, NOT Xtream Arena main entrance
  • Access parking area off 7th street
  • Look for big GreenState Family Fieldhouse sign
  • Drop-off drive next to entrance is open

Parking map 


Register for a program

November 2020
January 2021
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Courage League Locker Shop

Photo of Courage League Apparel

A portion of the proceeds from purchases directly benefit our programs and participants!