Statistics show that drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children with special needs. Opportunities for adults with special needs diminish after the age of 21, leaving many sedentary, lonely, and often times unhealthy, overweight and depressed. Caretakers of children with special needs have higher percentages of anxiety and depression. The facts are scary, but they motivate so much of what we do.
Teaching children and adults with special needs provides innumerable benefits, from muscle strength to motor skills, from socialization to relaxation, from basic safety to self-confidence. Our participants are able to develop physical fitness, build confidence, establish friendships, and experience the pride and joy of being part of a team. The results have been tremendous, and the stories speak for themselves.