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Recreation, Leisure, & Sports

The following Web sites have been selected by the Medical Library staff.The information presented in these Web sites is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice.These sites are listed by category in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.

Access Sport America
Access Sport America, a national non-profit organization founded in 1995, inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.

BlazeSports programs and services are based on an interdisciplinary logic model that addresses the age, skill level, and interest of the child or emerging athlete with a physical disability. Children and their parents are encouraged and shown how to engage in active play that improves kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness, motor planning, and the building blocks of social skills.

Challenger League
Little League
Challenger League is a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

Disabled Sports USA
Provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. Allows to  find sports & recreational organization by state.

How much physical activity do children need?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidelines for children from 6 to 17 years of age. Site includes practical tips on how to help children to be more active.

Sports & Leisure
United Cerebral Palsy
UCP Sports and Leisure Channel is designed for people with disabilities who are interested in sports and other leisure activities and proposes creative ideas for inclusive community recreation programs, including outdoor adventure activities for people with disabilities. This site has several sections:

Inclusive Fitness Coalition
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
The purpose is to increase inclusion and access to health and physical activity for people with disabilities.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
NCPAD promotes substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)
This organization provides one-to-one and group mentoring programs where caring adults act as positive role models and assist young people to reach their full potential.

Recreational Programs
The Robert and Debra Hartman Keshet International Center
Keshet’s array of recreational programs provides an opportunity for individuals with special needs to be just like everyone else.  Keshet kids are mainstreamed alongside their typically developing peers into existing camp and recreational sport opportunities.

Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises funds through private means, such as donations and grants. Special Olympics Illinois is accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. which operates in all 50 states and in more than 180 countries.. Find out more about the Special Olympics program in your geographic area, locate your area on our Area Map and click the link for that area at the right for more information and to contact our Area Directors.

US Youth Soccer
TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)
WDSRA is committed to providing a variety of recreation and leisure choices for individuals who have special needs.

Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports Association USA (WASUSA
Promotes multi-sport and recreation opportunities for people with physical and visual disabilities by providing resources and education; conducting regional and national competitions, and providing access to international competitions.