Field of dreams : sports equality for children with special needs

Dori Powers, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Currently, there is a lack of equal opportunity for children with disabilities to participate or succeed in both school and club athletics. These programs have a positive effect on the development of children, especially those with disabilities, giving all a chance to socialize and exercise. Society forgets that children, regardless of their ability, deserve the right to grow in an athletic community with their peers. After speaking with parents, faculty, and the children themselves, a conclusion was made that physical activity is an extremely positive experience for the children so that they too can realize they are capable of playing and having fun. To address this issue, an adaptive soccer clinic was run through California State University, Monterey Bay Athletics to provide exposure to sports and share the love of the game with all children. Children with disabilities have the right to participate and it is important to raise awareness that everyone can be a part of sports.