I spend a lot of time and energy each week watching my son practice and compete in baseball. It’s a full time job watching him play both for competitive travel and our local Little League but it’s his passion so I smile. I also have to admit, as parents is does bring us great joy to watch our children participate and truly enjoy and succeed in something that they just love to do. While I was watching him the other day, I thought that everyone who desires to play a sport should be able to in an environment that best is suited for them, their needs and their personal safety.
PE and extra curriculum athletics are definitely an important educational component for every child. It helps foster self-esteem, cognitive benefits, physical improvements, and a sense of well-being and can also help build social skills if it’s a team orient sport. We all know the benefits but sometimes it can be changeling to find a team or sport that is best suited for your child with disabilities so I did some research and found a fantastic site for all our readers in Northern Virginia! They have a lot of sports listed but I especially love the I Can Shine….a program designed for all children with disabilities to learn how to ride a two-wheel bike for the first time with a adapted bikes.
Please visit the FCPS Parent Resource Center at www.fcps.edu/cco/prc for their online Adapted Sports & Recreation booklet which is filled with many opportunities to engage in many different sports. They can be reached at 703-204-3941. Also, another website that might be of interest is the Special Olympic Basketball which is geared for all skills level! www.novasova.org/basketball.html