Cedar Rapids - Recreational Programs for Individuals with Special Needs


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Mon Oct 03, 2016 04:00 PM - Wed Nov 23, 2016 07:00 PM


4400 6th Street SWHawkeye Downs Expo CenterCedar Rapids, IA 52404


Established in Urbandale, Iowa,
Courage League Sports is a nonprofit adaptive sports and recreational program that offers year-round activities 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 Sports can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.

Frustrated at the lack of options for her son who suffered multiple strokes at the age of eight, Melissa Clarke-Wharff opened Courage League Sports where those with special needs could participate and be active outside of a therapy atmosphere.

Today, Courage League Sports serves more than 1,000 individuals in Urbandale and is looking forward to expanding their presence in Eastern Iowa.


  • Serve as a teammate
  • Encourage participants
  • Help set up/tear down games

Opportunities available:

  • Monday and Wednesday Evenings
  • 3:45pm ­ 7:30pm
  • October 3rd - November 23rd


  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per visit
  • You will need to fill out the online volunteer application at www.courageleaguesports.com
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