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5 Ways E-Sports Benefits Typical Kids

On an early Saturday morning at E-Soccer, I learned for the first time how to kick a soccer ball, playing a simple game called “topple me coconut”.  I was four years old when I first attended my first session. I was part of the “Rising…

Price of Isolation

The prevalence of children with special health care needs has significantly increased in the last decade. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14.6 million children in America under the age of 18 have a special health…

The Power of Inclusive Friendship

Starting at 8 years old as a peer coach in E-Soccer's first season, Ben Middlekauff shares creatively, now 14 years later, his personal and powerful experience of inclusive friendship through film...

DVC Students Volunteer at Pleasanton E-Soccer

http://www.dvcinquirer.com/af/2014/10/07/students-volunteer-in-an-inclusive-soccer-program/ Diablo Valley College students from the Pleasant Hill and San Ramon campuses talk about the rewarding experience of coaching inclusive soccer to children…
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USF Basketball Brings Inclusive Hoops to the City

The USF Men's Basketball team hosted coaches training for the inaugural season of SF E-Hoops on Sunday, September 21st. Players from both the University of San Francisco (USF) men's and women's basketball teams along with other community volunteers…

Robin Williams and 5 Inclusive Lessons

Robin Williams inspired me.  His work radiated hope and inclusion.  His death reminds me of lessons learned.   Here are five Robin Williams inspired inclusive lessons.   1) Empathy and Patch Adams "Last night with Rudy, I connected…

5 Lessons I Have Learned From E-Soccer

My name is William Eleazer, and I've been participating and volunteer coaching at E-Soccer since its inception in April, 2000. When I was eight, the last thing I wanted to do on Saturday mornings was to play soccer, let alone help other kids…

Autism:  8 Ways to Turn Pain into Purpose

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and…
Russ Ewell and E-Sports
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Inclusion, Justin Bieber and a Wheelchair

On occasion something uncool becomes cool, because a particular person redefines coolness.  Ben Mattlin is just such a person.   He metaphorically rode to the rescue of Justin Bieber in his New York Times Op-Ed "When Wheelchairs Are Cool." He…
Russ Ewell and E-Sports

Russ Ewell with 6 Reasons to Volunteer for E-Sports

In early 2000, my friend Russ Ewell and I were driving together somewhere one day and began to talk about his two boys, their special needs, and getting involved in sports. Russ knew my passion for soccer and how I had grown up all my life playing…