Sports Programs for Your Child With Special Needs

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Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball or making a goal or crossing the finish line. Many programs have been developed to get children and adults with disabilities in the game. Find one that's right for your child.

Multiple Sports

Special Olympics offers opportunities in a variety of sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities; its Unified Sports program brings athletes with and without disabilities together.

Paralympics provides competition for athletes with physical impairments. Follow the links below to find programs in your area.


The Little League Challenger Division and the Miracle League both allow children with physical and mental disabilities to play baseball in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Use the links below to learn more about each and find out which one has a program near you.


American Youth Soccer Organization and US Youth Soccer both offer programs designed to get children with physical and mental disabilities on a soccer field. The links below provide descriptions and contact information.


American Special Hockey Association provides an adaptive ice-hockey experience for people with physical and developmental disabilities, while Special Hockey International offers "hockey for the developmentally challenged." Look for a member club in your area using the links below.

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