Jason Stubbeman

Program Director

Jason has run programming for people with a wide range of disabilities since 2007, starting with people of all ages with behavioral and intellectual disabilities, then transitioning to work with individuals with physical disabilities. Highlights include overseeing military sports programming at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), including their annual signature event, RIC-WHF Military Sports Camp. He has served as Games Manager for two USA Boccia National Tournaments in 2017 and 2018 and has served as a National Referee since 2012. He also helped establish the first Chicagoland Adaptive Climbing Expo as well as the Chicagoland Regional Boccia Invitational, both in 2015.

Jason officially joined Adaptive Adventures full-time in May of 2023. However, he has been contracting and/or collaborating with the organization since 2013, playing an integral part in establishing the adaptive climbing program in the Chicagoland area.

He fell off a climbing wall while bouldering during his senior year of college, permanently injuring his ankle. Adaptive sports proved to be a lifeline to regain physical fitness, socialization and competitive outlets and have held a special importance to him since.

Jason served as chairperson of the Adaptive Sports Committee for the IL Therapeutic Recreation Section of the IL Parks and Recreation Association and afterwards helped initiate and chair the Midwest Adaptive Sports Committee. He has held a number of memberships and certifications for Paralympic sport National Governing Bodies, such as USA Archery, USA Boccia, the NWBA and others.

Jason is originally from Franklin, IN, but has lived and worked/studied in three countries and five states for significant periods of time. He is married to his wife (Ashley) and has two children; a daughter (Diem) and a son (Oakley). He also has a family dog (Luna).

In his free time, he enjoys climbing and Geocaching with his two children and watching their travel soccer games. He enjoys exploring the local forest preserves on bike, foot or kayak. Traveling has long been a passion of his, being fortunate to have traveled to 48 states, 1 territory, and 21 countries. He has also enjoyed backpacking on six continents (so far…).

If you would like to contact Jason Stubbeman, please email him at jason.stubbeman@adaptiveadventures.org or call (312) 300-9960.

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Jason Stubbeman and Wife