SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes - www.s4ea.org
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) is a non-profit sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult in San Diego County. S4EA was founded over ten years ago by a group of coaches, parents, volunteers, and community members who found a need for a community based sports program for athletes with and without developmental disabilities.
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 programs include: baseball, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country & downhill skiing, cycling, floor hockey, figure skating, flag football, golf, judo, soccer, softball, speed skating, swimming, sailing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, table tennis, tennis, track, volleyball, walking and others. Children and adults participating in sports programs promote social adjustment, life satisfaction, family support, and community involvement. These events provide a much-needed venue for informal peer support and sharing of experiences among families of children with and without disabilities. Mildly strenuous exercise has been shown to reduce stereotypic movements, maladaptive behaviors, and fatigue in children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Take a look and see, who is behind SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes!