Sports Connection offers competitive and recreational sports programs for youth with special health needs. These sports and physical-based activities help promote strength, coordination, and teamwork for youth of all ages. These programs include:
A soccer clinic to provide youth with a positive sport experience and learn basic soccer skills. Children will be grouped by age and participate in soccer drills and games in an instructional and non-competitive environment.
The supported swim program provides children and youth with disabilities access to a warm water therapy pool and support staff. Children register weekly to swim, play, and have fun! Siblings without special needs are able to register as additional swimmers as space permits.
The adaptive aquatics program is offered to children with special healthcare needs, ages 3-10 years old. These classes are designed to provide children with special healthcare needs with a positive experience in the water, introduce& teach fundamental aquatic skills, promote water safety, and provide an opportunity for physical activity and social interaction. Please note that this is not a learn-to-swim program, although fundamental swim instruction is incorporated. Instructors combine traditional Red Cross Learn-to-Swim methods with sensory and recreational strategies to match the needs of each child.
Splash and Swim
Parent & Child Aquatics
An introductory swim program for children with special needs between 16 months-6 years old designed to help child and parent develop comfort in water, promote child and parent bond, help parents become more comfortable swimming with and supporting their child and to provide opportunities for social interaction and fun! An adult over the age of 18, or a parent must accompany the child in the pool.
Our martial arts program provides a special opportunity for children & youth with special healthcare needs between the ages 4-21 years old. The classes provide instruction on basic martial arts techniques and listening skills. Coordination of movement, balance, body awareness, strength, and thought are also incorporated. This program provides children with an opportunity for positive peer interactions and promotes a sense of independence, confidence, and belonging.
- Paralympic Sports Club
Children’s Lightning Wheels, a Paralympic Sports Club, sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital, is a sports team for athletes ages 5 – 22 that have a primary diagnosis of a physical disability.