Gulf Park Campus Athletics

Staying active is important to your well-being. IDS is a recognized Paralympic Sports Club providing exhibitions, Paralympic experiences and demonstrations year-round. IDS supports a wheelchair basketball and softball team and also offers tennis, golf, kayaking and cycling.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, was recently named a U.S. Paralympic Sports Club. This designation, only one of two in the state of Mississippi, allows IDS to train athletes as a way to qualify for various U.S. Paralympics events.

Partnered with community organizations throughout the nation, the U.S. Paralympics organization says the sports clubs were “developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level.”

While IDS can assist athletes with any U.S. Paralympic sport, the organization’s largest athletic event is wheelchair basketball. IDS has hosted the Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team since 2011.  

The Wheelchair Softball team draws players from the southeastern US and they are named the Deep South Hurricanes.