Northside Christian Church hosts adapted sports and activities program for people with disabilities


COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Young adults and parents of young children with disabilities are listening – there’s a new program hosted by Northside Christian Church of Columbus that aims to get kids moving with adaptive sports.

The church is set to offer its Adapted Sports and Activities Program (ASAP) to help children and young adults with learning or physical disabilities move and have the opportunity to learn and practice a sport.

This coming Saturday marks the churches for the first of several free sessions. The program is free and suitable for all ages. Church staff told News Leader 9 there will be gifts, presents and the opportunity for the children to make friends.

One organizer said the idea behind the program came about because she knows a lot of young people with special needs who don’t get much of a chance to participate in play like other children.

“One of the things they say is yes they can do things in school, but often when kids want to play sports or something like that they can’t be on the team” , said the organizer and Northside. Christian member Beatrice Hiner. “So it’s for them to have something fun to do, it’s a sport, an activity, that’s all inclusive and they can feel comfortable and safe.”

The first event is this Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The favorite game is volleyball. The adapted sports and activities program will continue until November, then resume in the spring. Don’t forget that the sessions are free.

For anyone interested in the program or to volunteer, you can go here.

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