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A Place for All Kids to Shine

Jan 22, 2014, 16:49 PM by

One of the Y's more powerful jobs is to create programs that satisfy a need within our community. When we do that successfully, it's simply beautiful.

The Y's new All Stars Basketball is just that. Every Saturday,  kids of all abilities gather in the gym in the Arapahoe Y to play basketball. For some of them, this is a chance to play an organized sport for the very first time.

There are just not many athletic opportunities for kids with special needs.

Steve Moylan knows this. His son Charlie, who has Down Syndrome, loves sports and basketball especially. Charlie grew up playing sports with his brothers and participating in their rec programs. But Steve wanted something specifically for Charlie, 10. So he came to the Y. Steve approached sports director Jackson Dreiling and his staff, and it didn't take long for them to develop All Stars Basketball for kids with special needs.

The program is much like the Y's other league sports. They practice for about 30 minutes and then they play for 30 minutes. They have coaches and they wear jerseys and they focus on fun and sportsmanship as well as skill and technique development. With All Stars, they have a ton of volunteer help, and all the kids get one-on-one coaching and attention.

But it's the team aspect that makes it so spectacular: A group of children of all different abilities coming together to play a game of basketball. It's a thing of simple beauty.

Check out the Daily Camera's coverage of All Stars Basketball here. 

And visit our website to learn about upcoming sessions of All Stars Basketball. 

 

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