The overarching mission of Special Needs Athletics is to provide support and opportunities through various sports for individuals with special needs and their families.
Across all walks of life, it’s an experience for everyone to take in. Special Needs Athletics hopes to not only provide athletic opportunities, but also provide a family-friendly atmosphere that encourages camaraderie amongst families, friends, and athletes partaking in the action.
Athletes with special needs from four years of age and older have the opportunity to play organized baseball, basketball, bowling, soccer, and mini golf without the fear of ridicule or steep disadvantage. No one sits the bench in this league. Everyone plays with as much or as little assistance as is necessary. Coaches and volunteer teammates provide on-field assistance by donating their time and hard work to make the program possible.
In 2015, over 350 players were on the roster to play various sports in Jackson, TN, Selmer, TN, and Woodrow, AR. Parents and children alike showed up to the games with smiles and eagerness to play.
Special Needs Athletics is growing strong and building to new heights giving kids and adults an equal opportunity to play, learn, grow, and succeed in life.
Special Needs Athletics is also currently in the process of raising money to build a half million-dollar synthetic turf baseball field at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex located at Exit 85 off or Interstate 40. The sportsplex is currently made up of 17 baseball and softball fields and the goal is for Special Needs Athletics to have its own field in the sportsplex.
Special Needs Athletics is a nonprofit organization, under the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, supported by the generosity of donations.