Why it’s easier for special needs parents to stay home and how Pride Sports wants to change that...
The number one complaint/need expressed by special needs parents or caregivers, is that they need a break. Coming in close behind, is how everyone in the family is so segregated with their different activities, it is hard to do things together as a family. Pride Inclusive Sports was created with these, and other needs, in mind.
We believe that the special needs and disability communities need a place to call home. Our vision is to have a nationwide network of adaptive recreation facilities, with an inclusive workforce and assisted living opportunities. To become a member of a Pride Inclusive Sports facility will be like having a second home.
Our facility will create the space for kids, parents, siblings and caregivers to stay healthy and strong. You can follow up your physical therapy or rehabilitation program with time in the gym and the pool, join in on a wheelchair basketball game, swim together as a family or sign up for summer camps. We will have respite nights so parents and caregivers can have a few hours to themselves while we entertain and care for your kids. We want to be the center of all things happening for the special needs community, not to compete with any other amazing programs that already exist, but to bring them all together.
In order to get into our dream facility we will start with some smaller steps while we continue to create more adaptive activities and generate awareness in the community. Our 2016 goal is to be in a small starter facility that has a gymnasium, one or two classrooms and a space for a small office. This facility will provide after school programs, continue the activities we already have in place and begin having regularly scheduled respite nights.
I am a go big kinda gal, with this being so much bigger than myself, I really know I am on to something. I worry, like so many of you, about what the future looks like for my son. With a nationwide network of Pride Inclusive Sports facilities I know my son will have a place to work, to live, to enjoy time with friends and family and to stay healthy.