About TASK

Mission Statement
The mission of Team Activities for Special Kids, or TASK, is to enrich the lives of kids with special needs by providing athletic and social opportunities. We're proud to say we've never turned away a child because of a disability – we've always been able to adapt the sport to meet the athlete's needs.

Our Purpose
At TASK we believe every individual should have a positive self-esteem.  We strive in all of our programs to build this self-esteem by build our participants’’ self-confidence though achieve success. 

We also are committed to helping our participants by keeping them active and staying physically fit.  The CDC has reported that obesity rates for children with disabilities are 38% higher than for children without disabilities (see findings here.) Providing this special population of people with opportunities to stay active and participate in athletic programs is one way to work against this statistic.

Challenges Facing People with Disabilities
People with disabilities can find it more difficult to eat healthy, control their weight, and be physically active. This might be due to:

    • A lack of healthy food choices.
    • Difficulty with chewing or swallowing food, or its taste or texture.
    • Medications that can contribute to weight gain, weight loss, and changes in appetite.
    • Physical limitations that can reduce a person’s ability to exercise.
    • Pain.
    • A lack of energy.
    • A lack of accessible environments (for example, sidewalks, parks, and exercise equipment) that can enable exercise.
    • A lack of resources (for example, money, transportation, and social support from family, friends, neighbors, and community members).

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Articles worth Reading

  • The Best Activities for Special Needs Kids

  • Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois -Self-Esteem & Learning Disabilities
  • University of Michigan- Self- Esteem, Sports and Special Needs
  • University of Michigan Special Education and Sports- Cognitive Skill Benefits from Sports
  • University of Michigan Special Education & Sports- Physical Improvements Through Sports
  • Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

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