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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports Competitions, Special Olympics, Sports

Mission: All of those who live with a physical or visual disability will be given the opportunity to participate in therapeutic sports and fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem and to promote growth and well-being while instilling family values.

Programs: Dasa has provided health and fitness and educational programs for more than 300 children and adults with physical, visual and auditory disabilities by establishing year-round programs from swim lessons to rock-climbing and a mentoring program. Our fitness activities have helped physically strengthen these children and adults while also growing their self-esteem. Our programs have provided a social network of over 300 children, adults and families in similar circumstances. Dasa programs promote growth, independence and well-being while instilling family values. The participants of dasa are encouraged to continually seek their highest level of independence and to become involved to the greatest extent with their non-disabled peers and their community as a whole. Our participants compete in programs that can lead to college scholarships and the paralympics. Dasa programs gave 6 athletes the courage needed to join able-bodied peers on local teams. Each child is a success! Dasa watches its programs help children with disabilities grow and develop into productive, confident adults.

Community Stories

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DASA has helped my child achieve success when society's expectations would have given up on her. My daughter has cerebral palsy and suffers from partial paralysis. Kelly Behlmann, the Director of DASA was my child's Physical Therapist at school. Kelly got my daughter interested in competitive swimming, against other kids with disabilities. Eventually my daughter competed in track and field, archery, and a few other sports. Last year she was invited to the U.S. Paralympic trials. Although she did not make the US team, she scored well in her events. As a result, a very forward thinking college offered her an athletic scholarship for track. Because of the confidence, training, and conditioning provided by DASA and the absolutely incredible coaches and volunteers, my daughter competed on her able bodied high school swim team and track team all 4 years of high school. She has completed 5 triathlons (short course). If it were not for DASA, I am absolutely convinced that my daughter would have done poorly in high school, and would be living at home, overweight, depressed, and with a very bleak future. DASA is a charity, that I never hesitated to donate money and time to, because I saw firsthand what an impact the people and programs have on kids with physical challenges. Over the years with DASA, I met so many kids, who have now gone off to college and become productive young adults (hopefully my daughter will join those ranks).

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