RESOURCES


Dreams for Kids DC works with many amazing organizations as partners to help create our life-changing adaptive sports clinics. Below are a few of our partners that you and your family can use as resources.

KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

Visit KEEN’s website here.

Through TKO, Tyler and Liz Polumbus strive to enrich the lives of children through family, faith and personal growth.

Visit the TKO website here.

TOPSoccer is a national program offered by United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) for players with special needs.

TOPSoccer Buddies are invaluable volunteers who assist the trainer and participate directly with individual players or within a team with several players to enable participation in soccer activities. The Buddies are not players and do not score goals, they help the TOPSoccer player succeed and keep them as safe as possible. Buddies can be a same-aged peer, a teenager or an adult. They can be a soccer player, someone who works with special needs children or someone who has no soccer experience, but a strong desire to enable children to have fun.

peatc2014_logo_final-1The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities.

We do this by providing:

  • Services and support for families and professionals;
  • Easy-to-understand, research-based information and training; and
  • Opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.
On The Edgeon-the-edge-childrens-foundation is a nonprofit children’s organization that was founded by the Kasper family. The Kasper Family knows firsthand about the struggles of living with a person with disabilities. Their family’s gift of hospitality, love of the outdoor activities and desire to help others in similar situations helped them create On the Edge Children’s Foundation. This nonprofit organization wants to help these people have successful social interactions, improve self-confidence, and achieve a feeling of acceptance while enjoying a variety of activities.
unnamed-copySeptember of 2015, The Children’s Guild Public Charter School will open its doors in Washington, DC with the goal of recruiting 450 scholars. Our school values the unique talents of your child. We offer a personalized learning environment. The Children’s Guild’s philosophy of TranZed develops caring, committed and contributing young people for a cause bigger than themselves. The culture of our school is reinforced throughout our school goals, curriculum, environment and systems. At the heart is our student centered approach to teaching and learning where our principles are guided by the way we Think, Act, Care and Reflect.
On the Edge wants to bring children and others together who would not typically be involved in water sports and activities. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience something different and challenging, something that they could take on, and have fun with at the same time.

Our philosophy is to have children/adults in a safe and successful environment and appreciate the company of other people who are eager for a challenge both mentally and physically.

We want everyone to feel like they belong to positive, supportive and creative environment where they can have fun, learn and be On the Edge.
Visit KEEN’s website here.

Ignite Adaptive Sports’ mission is to provide integrated recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that will foster independence through the acquisition of lifetime skills. Ignite is a member organization of Disabled Sports USA, Professional Ski Instructors of America Rocky Mountain Division (PSIA-RM) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI-RM).

Visit Ignite Adaptive Sports’ website here.

Two Top Adaptive is a non-profit organization established to provide recreational activities and teach sports to mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

Visit Two Top Adaptive’s website here.

logo-lpf-colorThe purpose of Leveling the Playing Field (LTPF) is to give underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of athletic involvement. LTPF collects donations of sports equipment from various collegiate athletic departments, county recreationdepartments, families and individual donors from across the nation. Studies show that students who participate in interscholastic athletics have higher grade point averages, attendancerates, standardized test scores, educational aspirations, health habits and feelings of connection and belonging. LTPF recognizes that giving children the prospect of athletics can change their lives!
spirit-clubAt SPIRIT Club, we aim to strengthen people’s physical and emotional well-being by providing fun, high-quality fitness opportunities in social settings to people of all ages and abilities. Our certified instructors are trained to provide programs that are:

  • Social
  • Physical
  • Interactive
  • Respectful
  • Integrated
  • Involve Teamwork
unnamedOne Way or Another seeks to improve quality of life by providing opportunities, access, equipment, and training to people with disabilities. This non-profit organization was formed in the spirit of remembrance for Sienna Caselle who took her life at the age of 16. Sienna had a passion for helping others. She was able to see past a persons disability, focusing on their ability. She loved to share snow and water sports with people who would not otherwise be able to participate in these activities. Programs include summer waterskiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing for people with disabilities and their families. Using specialized adaptive equipment and techniques, we are able to offer several levels of participation and independence. Family inclusion is important. We also have been working to cultivate a training program for volunteers to assist in the development of other programs throughout our region. Along with the summer program, we contribute to the winter sports programs throughout the area by providing scholarships to individuals for the purpose of attending snow skiing and snowboarding lessons and clinics. In addition, we would also like to help these organizations by assisting in the acquisition of specialized ski and snowboard equipment.
unnamedKids in Action is an adaptive sports and social activities program for children and young adults with disabilities and their sisters and brothers. All kids should have the chance to play sports and be a part of activities with others their own age. We adapt our sports, social, and health-based activities and focus on each child’s goals and strengths.