We may look like just a sports program, but that is not actually what we want to be known for. Offering just sports is not enough, it is what we are doing with sports that we really want to be known for. With sports, we are creating inclusion and acceptance for kids from the grades of K-12th with all abilities. We teach all kids mentorship, leadership skills, patience and understanding of others and also show kids that even though we are all different, we are also all the same. Some of our best volunteers happen to be kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. All they are doing is playing sports with children that don’t always have the same opportunity as they do. We are focused on trying to give every child their moment: whether it’s announcing their name in a starting lineup and running onto a field with people cheering them on or having BSU players go to their house after tryouts and handing out jerseys saying they “made the team”. We are giving the gift of acceptance. There are many little things that we focus on which make our organization stand out. You just have to care a little more than the average person.
To find those who seek to spread goodness, so that others may be fulfilled, by offering a variety of opportunities for kids with and without disabilities. Doing so leads to the power of inclusion; bringing children of all abilities together and showing that even though we are all different, we are also the same. We often use sports as a vehicle to create relationships and to focus on the ability of children, rather than the disability.
Our specialty is creating the possible out the impossible. Whether if it’s having a child that is blind play Quarterback and being successful at it or being able to say yes when a parents asks you, “Can my son use a walker while playing football.” It’s being able to provide a place for children of all abilities be a part of a program where they are the Athlete, where the attention is on them even just for a bit.