Date: December 3rd 2013

 
 
Dear Friends and Supporters of Sports 4 All,
 
 
Steven is 42 years old and has Down syndrome. Steven is also obese, which often goes overlooked because he has a disability—as though the two go together.  Like most adults with disabilities, Steven does not go to the gym. He is not allowed access to a fitness room without supervision. However, Steven is able to exercise.  More importantly, Steven enjoys exercise.
 
How have sports and recreational activities changed your life?  For Steven these activities promote a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of inclusion, and a sense that he controls his own well-being.  These are feelings taken for granted by most because, on any weekend in the year, they can sign-up for a 5k, play in a basketball tournament, or take part in a golf tournament.  Steven is not included on the mailing list for these types of events.   Steven can’t go to a fitness facility on his own time to practice or train for such events. 
 
Steven is shown below dancing at Sports 4 All’s annual Field Day, which is organized with the help of Vanderbilt’s Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. On this day, Steven also took part in 3-legged races, sack races, and parachute activities.  Steven also loves basketball and the resistance band circuit during Project HEALTH classes provided through Sports 4 All.  In August 2012, Steven weighed 191 pounds and had a BMI of 34. Fast forward 18 months and he has lost 25 pounds, his performances on functional movement tests have dramatically improved, and he radiates joy and enthusiasm to other participants and instructors. 
 
Across the state of Tennessee, there are nearly 950,000 people with various forms and severities of disabilities.  Our goal at Sports 4 All is to provide people like Steven with programming and equipment specially tailored to their individual health needs, fitness goals, and recreational pursuits.  Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Depression are not symptoms of a disability.  Rather, they are diseases that occur because we forget to prevent them.  Help us in our mission of turning disabilities into abilities through sports and healthy activities.
 
In this season of giving, please give what you can to enable others to pursue a healthy life and their own passions. To donate on-line, please visit, www.s4af.org/contribute. You may also send a check made payable to Sports 4 All to 5827 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209. 

Sincerely,

Cody Sivley
Executive Director


 
 
 

 

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