Most kids, whether they were the athletic type or not, have found memories of playing a neighborhood sport game at some point in their childhood. But the fact is, children with physical or mental disabilities face challenges joining a sport team, and communities with programs open to this population may be hard to come by. For our March Unified Promise, nearly twenty of our Chapter members hosted a basketball game at Westlake High School for thirty children with special needs. We had music, a photo booth, cheering section with pom-poms, noise-makers, and posters, Cavs min-basketballs and Cavs swag generously donated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and pizza. We even had one member dress in the Elmo suit to cheer on the children! Thanks to Empower Sports for partnering with us and thanks to our Chapter members for helping children with special needs develop social skills, self-esteem and physical well-being.
20 volunteers and over 30 special needs children participated in this once in a lifetime opportunity to make someone in need feel included.