PORT ISABEL — Differently-abled students in Cameron County will soon have their own sports teams.
The Capable Kids Foundation of the Lower Valley will soon start holding practices for its first basketball and cheerleading teams.
Committed to providing socializing opportunities for children with disabilities, the Capable Kids Foundation has created sports teams in Hidalgo County but will soon be branching out.
Stephanie Wilson, from the Lower Valley division, said the teams will provide students opportunities to engage with other students.
“It’s a program that’s open to kids that have disabilities of all types,” Wilson said. “Any type of disability that will prevent them from joining teams at their schools.”
Basketball is separated into three divisions depending on students’ capabilities and is modified to fit their needs.
The program is free to families and the foundation covers the cost of uniforms and equipment.
In addition to sports teams, the foundation hosts numerous events such as proms, Christmas parties and Easter egg hunts.
Wilson said programming such as the sports teams and parties allow students like her son to become integrated into society and socialize on a different level than they are usually able to.
“They learn so much from having these types of activities,” Wilson said. “It gives them a chance to be a part of society and be out there and be a kid and experience success.”
Before joining the Capable Kids Foundation, Wilson had founded something similar in the Laguna Madre area.
It began as a fundraiser to host a prom for students like her son who has a disability.
She raised more money than she needed.
So along with a couple of parents, they decided to keep going.
In September of last year, her group merged with the Capable Kids Foundation and she began a division for students in the Cameron County area.
“When I met up with them, they were doing something I was hoping we could do here,” Wilson said.
The foundation is currently serving more than 600 families in Hidalgo County, a number Wilson hopes to achieve in Cameron County.
What is Capable Kids?
Capable Kids Foundation helps families with children facing a variety of challenges by providing stimulating activities and social events throughout the community.
Students between the ages of 4 and 25 who have special needs can register to take part in the basketball and cheerleading team.
For more information on how to register email firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to register is March 13.
Want to volunteer?
Capable Kids Foundation is made possible by volunteers. Residents interested in helping with practices or games can visit https://capablekids.wufoo.com/forms/k1kqavp70nes067/