A collaboration between Pelham Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), the Pelham Recreation Department and Backyard Sports Plus will give children who sometimes don't get a chance to compete the opportunity to get out on the field and experience what it's like to participate in a group sport.
"The problems with trying to get a child with special needs into an appropriate sport are endless," said SEPTA president Penni Urquhart. "[If] a child has problems following directions, learning lots of rules or focusing on a field with lots of distractions, the sport can be downright frustrating for the child."
On four Fridays- March 15 and 22, April 5 and 12- special needs children in grades 1 through 8 will be able to play team soccer. Participants will meet at Daronco House for games at 3:30 p.m. The fee is $60.
"The goal with this special needs sports program is to give kids 1 on 1 encouragement and instruction so that they have success in learning the skills to participate in a sport," said Urquhart. "The benefits of being involved in regular physical activity are huge: including better weight control, better cognition, improved social skills, reduced risk of other health problems, and the list goes on."
Interested parents should contact Coach Danny or Coach Linda at 914-304-4052 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com of Backyard Sports. Participants will be required to complete a registration form and Hold Harmless Agreement and show proof of Pelham residency.