SPORTS for Exceptional AthletesSPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community. Read more
The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community.
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes provides sports and recreational oportunities to athletes with developmental disabilities age 5 through adult in San Diego County. The year is divided into sports seasons with both individual and team sports being offered. Team sports offer an average of 12 week seasons of training and competition. Individual sports offer a season of training and skill building at weekly practices. Teams may be composed of athletes with developmental disabilities, family members, friends and others in the community who want to play on inclusive teams. Tournaments are held in both individual and teams sports at the end of the sport season. In addition, social activities are offered throughout the year, such as dinner/dances, theme parties, sports festivals, etc.
Jun 2018- We currently serve over 1,400 athletes and 200+ sports partners (individuals who want to expand their circle of peers to include individuals with different life challenges). Volunteers are always welcome to come and help and play.
Despite any physical or developmental challenges they face, these Exceptional Athletes were courageous, inspiring individuals. It was an honor to have spent the day with all of them, helping them have fun and providing a place to play, compete and socialize without judgement.
The organizers and other volunteers I worked with were ALL extremely welcoming and went out of there way to help me, help the athletes.
By the end of the day, I was humbled. I can only strive to live my life with the compassion and bravery I saw in every Athlete I met. I cannot imagine anyone volunteering for any Exceptional Athlete event, not having a really fun day and being inspired as a result of the experience.