Disabled Athlete Sports Associaton
September 26, 2013
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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Enhance QOL and provide better benefits for the staff (volunteer coaches too). This is more than just a 9-5 job, and I see many of them making personal and family sacrifice because of their belief in DASA's mission.
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