Based in NY, the charity creates an environment for handicapped children to play competitive sports, which are catered to their needs (i.e. baseballs with beeping devices so blind children can find them, etc). 6 million children are handicapped, and the Opportunity League creates an environment where everyone can participate. They design games and bring able-bodied kids into disabled situations, and have everyone play together. It’s a unique opportunity for kids to see kids with all types of conditions. Disabled kids become isolated, and this is allows them to get out and participate in a community activity.
From the charity: “The Opportunity League is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting lifespan fitness by combining inclusive games and programs with challenging play environments in community-based, accessible recreation facilities. Our flagship facility will developed in the Hudson Valley Region of NY, and it will the first of its kind: a recreation facility where fitness and inclusion go hand in hand; a park where accessibility and sustainability are fundamental design principles; a gathering place where individual differences and varied abilities are celebrated by the community; a collaborative environment where trained mentors and volunteers facilitate fitness, recreation, and competition for all. The Opportunity League is designed to be replicable, and we look forward to continuing the development around the Country.”
Watch a video about the new charity here.