skip navigation

Programs

What to expect

To us, sports are just high-energy social opportunities. Empower Sports programs provide athletes with diverse challenges the chance to play alongside their typically functioning peers and build friendships that extend beyond sports. Currently, we offer nearly 43 multi-week sports programs throughout the year across six counties in Northeast Ohio including Lorain, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Summit, Medina, and Portage County. In addition to this ongoing programming, each year we host 10 large-scale All-Star and Inclusive Sports Day events. 

At Empower Sports, all athletes make the team where they improve their physical well-being through drills and games that focus on learning how to dribble, pass, throw, run, and more! The real magic, however, is in the social experience. Our coaches and volunteers care about players and work hard to foster teamwork and relationships among everyone involved. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and the community, all program costs are covered to ensure fees remain nominal and non-mandatory for athletes.

 

Impact

Centering our programs around values of inclusion, individual empowerment, and compassion, Empower Sports is designed to be a place where everyone belongs. We are intentional about providing an environment crafted for people with disabilities, so holistic growth for individuals, families, and communities is possible.

At the core, sports is the outlet used in our programs to bring social, emotional, and physical improvements to children and adults with disabilities, so they can reach their own, unique potential. In doing so, athletes and their families experience the joy of genuinely belonging in a team setting. This extends to the thousands of volunteers - from businesses, schools, and other community organizations - who engage with us and leave with fresh perspectives, recognizing the worth and humanity in people with disabilities. 

We know there are so many more athletes waiting to get in the game, and by fostering empathy and inclusivity, Empower Sports will continue to enhance sports and mold compassionate communities.


Empower Sports at Ohio State

We are proud to work with the incredible students of Ohio State to offer programs in Columbus!