Playing sports at any level can be a key part of a young person’s development and have a lasting impact on their life. Among its many benefits, being involved in athletics develops friendships, independence, confidence, mental focus, and, of course, physical fitness. Sports can teach valuable lessons about grit, discipline, teamwork and, most importantly, the respect that comes with inclusion. These benefits are universal for all individuals, including those with disabilities. That’s the goal of USASF’s Exceptional Athlete Division — to empower individuals with disabilities with an “I can do” attitude.
The USASF has carefully designed the DanceABILITIES Program for the Exceptional Athlete that:
Coaches who give so much more
The USASF provides rules, safety guidelines and specialized training for coaches and assistants of DanceABILITIES teams. These coaches do more than help athletes learn new skills - they create opportunities for better integration in the larger community and help guide them toward self-acknowledgement.
What to expect at a competition
Individuals with disabilities have the capacity to achieve and to compete. Successful teams are those that have fun, project emotion, show excitement and demonstrate high energy throughout the routine.
At a competition, a judge considers an Exceptional Athlete Division team’s efforts to attempt various skills and scores and rewards in the following categories:
Scholarships for Exceptional Athletes
Established in 2021, the USASF Exceptional Athlete Scholarship is for USASF members that are graduating seniors or graduates pursuing higher education currently participating in an All Star Exceptional Athlete Division.
Acknowledge not just victories, but progress on- and off-the-floor. Celebrate the little steps: the tries, the stick-with-it-ness, the social connections, the can do attitude! Every step is different for each individual.
To register for our DanceAbilities team please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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