For Special Needs Players and Typical Peers, Sports are a Barrier Breaker
On Sunday, April 19th, we host our third annual 3-on-3 Tournament. This event means so much to our organization and the kids that we serve. In addition to raising funds that keep our programs going, equally important, is the opportunity to raise awareness and enlightenment about the importance of Sports for Everyone. We celebrate this as a Day of Community Connection where we encourage competitive kids with special needs and their typical peers to play — really play — together.
In her recent Huffington Post article, “Benched: Why we all Lose When Kids with Disabilities are Shut Out of Sports“, TV news and documentary producer, Lara Stolman writes about former NFL football player Joe Ehrmann, now a high school football coach, bestselling author and professional speaker who Parade calls “the most important coach in America.” “Ehrmann believes that inclusion is not only more important than points on a scoreboard, but also key to a winning team. The principle of inclusion is part of the “transformational coaching” philosophy he teaches other coaches around the country about “how you can use sports to help boys become men of empathy and integrity who will be responsible for changing the world for good.”
Kids are just kids and minimizing isolation from early on results in acceptance and camaraderie. Special needs peers don’t get labeled as “other” — they’re just another friend to play with and learn from.
Join us on Sunday for fun and games, including taking shots at our Hooping & Helping station where kids, moms and dads can help support Backyard Sports Cares. Families will get a chance to buy a basketball for $20. The ball will be donated to Backyard Sports programs. Donors will autograph their balls and try to shoot some baskets. All donors will receive a Hooping and Helping T-shirt, and if they make two or more baskets, they’ll receive a hat!
Come help us celebrate the joy of #Sports4Everyone!