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Playing sports at any level can be a key part of a young person’s development and have a lasting impact on their life. Among its many benefits, being involved in athletics develops friendships, independence, confidence, mental focus, and, of course, physical fitness. Sports can teach valuable lessons about grit, discipline, teamwork  and, most importantly, the respect that comes with inclusion. These benefits are universal for all individuals, including those with disabilities. That’s the goal of USASF’s Exceptional Athlete Division —  to empower individuals with disabilities with an “I can do” attitude.

The USASF has carefully designed the CheerABILITIES and DanceABILITIES Program for the Exceptional Athlete that:

  • is safe, fun and good exercise

  • improves flexibility and strength

  • enhances independence and self-confidence

  • provides a place for positive social interaction

  • provides peer support and shared experiences among families

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