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Programs

What makes our programs special? 

To us, sports are just high-energy social opportunities. Come to a clinic and your athlete will learn to dribble, throw, run…whatever! The real magic is in the social experience. Our coaches care about our players and work hard to foster teamwork and relationships among everyone involved.

We also offer league programs that give athletes with special needs the chance to play right alongside their typically-functioning peers. All players make the team and after a couple practice sessions, the games begin! Each season features 5+ games with high school or college basketball teams. We scramble the teams so our players get to play WITH their typical peers, not against.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and the community, all programs are offered at low or no cost to participants.

Benefits

  • Exercise & Fitness: Provide fun and fulfilling ways to exercise, from team sports to basic fitness courses.
  • Socialization Skills: Encourage the development of communication skills, making friends, self-esteem, belonging and fulfillment through multiple sports programs.
  • Unforgettable Social Experiences: Give kids and adults with special needs access to premium social events with family and friends.
  • Peer Integration: Create tolerance, understanding and compassion between athletes with special needs and typically-functioning peers.
  • Service: Thousands of high school student-athletes and corporate volunteers have had the perspective-changing opportunity to play with our athletes

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Soccer and Football

Soccer- Solon
Solon Community Park
Mondays, September 12-October 24
6:00-7:15 pm (5:30-6:45 Oct. 17 and 24)

Flag Football- Geauga
Oberland Park, Newbury, OH
Mondays, September 19th-October 24th
5:45-7

Soccer- Independence 
Independence High School
Saturdays, September 10-October 22
10:00-11:15 am
*Registration with the Independence Rec. Dept.

Flag Football-Pepper Pike
Orange Rec Field F3
Saturdays, September 10-October 22 (OFF 9/24)
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Soccer- Westlake
Westlake Rec. Center
Thursdays, September 29-October 27
5:30-7:00 pm

Soccer- Bainbridge 
Settler's Park
Wednesdays, September 21-October 26
6:00-7:15 pm

Basketball

Basketball-Solon
Solon Community Center
Mondays, Nov. 14-Dec. 19
6:00-7:15 pm

Basketball- Parma
Holy Name High School
Tuesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 20
6:00-7:15 pm

Basketball- Westlake (Daytime Session)
Westshore YMCA, Westlake
Thursdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15 (OFF on 11/24)
11:00 am-12:15 pm

Basketball- Hudson
Christ Community Chapel
Saturdays, November 5-December 17 (OFF December 10)
10:30-12:00

Other

Empower Sports vs. Youth Challenge Soccer Game
St. Mary's School in Berea
Saturday, October 22
10:00-12:00 pm
*opportunity for soccer players from our Westlake and Independence soccer teams. Email jake@empowersports.org to RSVP.

Soccer Game with Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Saturday, October 29
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
*opportunity for soccer players from our Solon and Bainbridge soccer teams. Email tom@empowersports.org to RSVP.

Empower Sports at Ohio State

We are proud to work with the incredible students of Ohio State to offer programs in Columbus!  2022 program scheduled to be announced soon.