Sports will bring us together

Mikey’s League is excited to showcase the capabilities of our athletes with the greater community.  We meet this goal by running inclusive sports programs, which means we bring athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities together on teams with their non-disabled peers and change the rules of the game to allow everyone to meaningfully compete. 

Through partnerships with organizations like Arizona State University we are able to not only enhance the experience of our athletes but also provide members of the community a chance to directly see the impacts of this inclusion in action.  We take pride in the fact that our participants feel that through sports they are learning the skills necessary to be successful in work and school while being provided with recreational experiences that are not otherwise available. 

Our next season will begin in March 2022 with locations in Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix.

Format

The Leagues will be Co-Ed.    Teams will be constructed of athletes (persons with physical or intellectual disabilities) and partners (ASU student volunteers).  Games will be 5 on 5 with at least 3 of the 5 players having a disability.

If you have concerns about your child’s ability to participate, or if you feel like your child would be a good fit but doesn’t meet the age range as described, please let us know. Our goal is to adapt play to allow any athlete to participate in a meaningful way.  

This program is designed to teach players the fundamentals of the game and how to work as a team. Rules will be adapted as needed to accommodate the strengths and limitations of the children on each team and will be fluid.  We will loosely be following the Special Olympics Flag Football Rules throughout the season.

Sports will bring us together

Mikey’s League is excited to showcase the capabilities of our disabled athletes with the greater community.  We meet this goal by running inclusive sports programs, which means we bring athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities together on teams with their non-disabled peers and change the rules of the game to allow everyone to meaningfully compete. 

Through partnerships with organizations like Arizona State University we are able to not only enhance the experience of our athletes but also provide members of the community a chance to directly see the impacts of this inclusion in action.  We take pride in the fact that our participants feel that through sports they are learning the skills necessary to be successful in work and school while being provided with recreational experiences that are not otherwise available. 

Our next season will begin in March 2022 with locations in Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix.

Format

The Leagues will be Co-Ed.    Teams will be constructed of athletes (persons with physical or intellectual disabilities) and partners (ASU student volunteers).  Games will be 5 on 5 with at least 3 of the 5 players having a disability.

If you have concerns about your child’s ability to participate, or if you feel like your child would be a good fit but doesn’t meet the age range as described, please let us know. Our goal is to adapt play to allow any athlete to participate in a meaningful way.  

This program is designed to teach players the fundamentals of the game and how to work as a team. Rules will be adapted as needed to accommodate the strengths and limitations of the children on each team and will be fluid.  We will loosely be following the Special Olympics Flag Football Rules throughout the season.

COVID Policies

As we are currently living in an ever changing environment, our safety protocol are subject to change based on the requirements of our facilities.  At a minimum, we will be conducting temperature screenings and symptom questionnaires at all events.  Coaches will wear masks.  Registered participants will receive a full list of policies closer to the start date.  If you have questions or recommendations we would love to hear from you.

What's Included?

Our season runs 8 weeks long.   Week 1 will be a skills assessment day where we will try to pair participants onto teams in which everyone is able to make a meaningful contribution.  Sessions during weeks 2-7 will consist of 45 minutes of skills development, and 45 minutes of playing games.   Week 8 will be a tournament day and be all games.

Participants will be supplied with equipment and jerseys needed to play the game.  The jerseys will be yours to keep.  Your registration fee also covers field/facility rental, and insurance.  There are no hidden costs.  Kids just need to wear shoes appropriate for a grass field (sneakers or non-metal cleats).

 

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