E-Sports is an inclusive program with a mission to empower children of all abilities to reach their full social and athletic potential.
No matter the level of physicality involved in the activity, E-Sports brings children with both typical and special needs together in a non-competitive and welcoming environment that focuses on improving both social and motor skills. Your program’s mission should be to develop and foster relationships of kids of all abilities.
The Hope of Inclusion
Podcast: The Origins of E-Soccer
Podcast: Why Inclusion Matters In Society
The Price of Isolation: How E-Sports Sees Opportunity in Challenges
What is an E-Program?
02 Identifying your participants.
Who is your program going to serve? Start by honing in on what need you’d like to address in your community.
E-Sports is unique in that both special needs kids and typical kids are both served. Your program should aim to develop great social experiences for kids of all abilities, and foster relationships between their parents.
What E-Soccer Coaches Want Parents To Know
For New Participants: What to Expect at E-Sports
Inclusion Should Exist Beyond the Classroom
5 Ways A Child With Special Needs Can Have An Active Lifestyle
02 Identifying your participants
Choose who you will be serving
03 Building your team.
An effective E-Program needs a solid pool of engaged volunteers, inspired parents and active participants.
This is your personnel to help you launch and run your program from week to week. Check out our resources for ideas on roles each person can play. Depending on the size of your program, you may not need every role mentioned.
The Role of A Head Coach
The Role of an Assistant Coach
The Role of a Peer Coach: Friendship
5 Ways E-Sports Benefits Typical Kids
Podcast: Finding a Special Needs Doctor
E-Soccer Prepared Me for College
03 Building your team
Placing the right people in the right roles
04 Training your volunteers.
Your volunteers carry the special and unique responsibility of facilitating the inclusive environments that make and E-Program a difference maker in the community.
The key is training your head coaches first to understand the basics of the special needs they’ll be serving, and how to adapt their sports-specific drills appropriate. Most of the learning for all involved will happen in the trenches. A constant dialogue with parents is a must.
Quick Reference: Coaching a Child With Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome
Quick Reference: Coaching a Child With ADD / ADHD
Quick Reference: Coaching a Child With Down Syndrome
5 Ways to Communicate with a Nonverbal Child at E-Sports
Tips for Siblings of Kids with Special Needs
How to Build a Child’s Confidence at E-Sports
04 Training your volunteers
Helping your key people be equipped to coach
05 Planning your kickoff session.
Once your idea and team are set, all that’s left is to secure a location, acquire the necessary equipment, and begin communication with all involved.
Training will continue as you go, as you learn your participants’ needs and particular challenges. See the items in this section to help you get moving to day one.
E-Program launch checklist
How to Start an Inclusive Club at Your High School
Coaching Tips: Making, Leading and Communicating the Agenda
5 Steps To Emotionally Include Someone
05 Planning your kickoff session
Training will continue as you go
06 Success stories.
Hear from people who’ve started E-Programs, and learn about the impact they made on their community. Have a story you want to share with us? Let us know.
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