Courage League Sports
– Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreation organization that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting pace, equipment, or nature of activity, CLS provides a safe, accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.
The need for an organization of this kind was inspired by Jack, who at the age of eight suffered multiple strokes that forever changed his life. Growing up, Jack loved sports and playing with his friends; however, he couldn’t play the way he used to. Frustrated by the lack of options for her son, Melissa Clarke-Wharff opened Courage Sports League for those with special needs who love to get out and play. Today, the organization serves nearly 1,000 children and adults each month through its sports leagues and adaptive swimming program.
Your Giving in Action!
In its second year of operation, CLS was able to purchase two sports wheelchairs with the help of the Sonnentag Foundation. These chairs guarantee members in wheelchairs always have someone to play with at their level and allow volunteers to play alongside volunteers who move and play in a wheelchair of their own. The addition of the two chairs ensures everyone is included and able to play in a way that is safe and meaningful to them.
Nine-year-old Lilly, with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, participates each night in her own wheelchair. She is quiet, yet very social once she warms up to new people. When she found out she could have a buddy play alongside her in a chair, she was thrilled! Having a gym partner at her height allows her soft voice to be heard and helps her feel more confident and welcome when playing at CLS.