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 1Team1Goal Program for the Exceptional Athlete that:

is safe, fun and good exercise
improves flexibility and strength
enhances independence and self-confidence
provides a place for positive social interaction
provides peer support and shared experiences among families

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:

creativity and choreography
transitions and formations
overall impression
building skills

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. 

Celebrate successes
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 1team1goal, please email info@dancemanianash.com

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