Sports Programs for Special Needs Children and Teens
Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball
League for ages 4-18. Different divisions based on age. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs. Visit www.baberuthleague.org for more information.
Friendship Circle at the Chabad Center
2240 University Dr., Newport Beach
Programs, pairing teen volunteers with special needs children and adults include: basketball and soccer leagues, Sunday Circle with a variety of activities, and summer camps also offered.
Basketball for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Three leagues in Anaheim, Fullerton and Pomona Valley. www.hoopstarsbb.com
Little League Baseball and Softball
Boys and girls baseball in age divisions (4-16), softball for girls (4-16) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Find a local league at www.littleleague.org.
Sports training and competition for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities. Divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. www.specialolympics.org
A sports league for children and young adults (ages 6-22) with special needs. Includes three sports per year: basketball (January – March), baseball (April – June) and soccer (September – November).
The Miracle League
Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. Miracle League Los Angeles, (213) 283- 7047, www.miracleleaguela.org; Miracle League Orange County, (714) 713-2512, www.ocmiracleleague.com.
• Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey
Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629
Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805
The Rinks in Huntington Beach and Lakewood offer street hockey and ice hockey for participants with special needs; all ages and ability levels are welcome. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience required and gear can be provided. Huntington Beach Inline, (714) 901-2629; and Lakewood ICE, (562) 429-1805. www.anaheimducks.com/topflight.