AwA: Changing lives! ~ Gabriel

Athletes with Autism has changed my son's life in so many ways.  During swimming lessons, he continues to gain confidence by going under water (thanks Matt!), blowing bubbles, and floating on his back.  All the volunteers are wonderful people and have such compassion for these special athletes.  We especially love Coach Stephanie!  She has a true gift in working with these athletes. In tennis, Gabriel's focus is improving as he is learning the forehand, backhand and overhead return.  He is learning a life skill and having lots of fun doing it! Our family is proud to be a part of the AwA family.  We have met new families and gained a wonderful support system.  It is exciting watching all the athletes improve and grow in this program.  During lessons, parents are cheering for every athlete, not just their own child.  The athletes, their families, the coaches and volunteers have become a special blessing in our lives.~Martha Ramirez (Gabriel's mom)

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January 29th event - as scheduled PDF Print E-mail

What a January! There is on doubt that it is cold, but AwA will host the "Meet Your Coach" event tonight as scheduled. We are looking forward to seeing you at the time that you signed up for when you registered.

The University is open and temperatures will be increasing throughout the day. This event is vitally important to the program because it gives participants an opportunity to get to know eachother. Our coaches get to know your athlete and their skill level so that they can plan for successful sessions moving forward. Your athlete gets to know their coaches so that they see a familular face when the gym is full of athletes and activity. This event sets the foundation for an amazing season and we look forward to seeing you this evening.

See you tonight!

 
Winter 2014 Session PDF Print E-mail

 

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Registration for this session is now OPEN

It's cold outside, but things are just starting to heat up for AwA's Winter session!

Dates for the Athletes with Autism Multi-Sport Session are Wednesdays, 2/12/14 - 3/26/14

Athletes will be placed in either group A or B based on the results of the evaluation that takes place at the manditory "Meet Your Coach in the Gym" event on January 29th. You will be notified of your athlete's session time following the evaluation.

Please click here to register

 
Fall 2013 Gym Multisport Session PDF Print E-mail

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Registration for the Fall 2013 Gym Multisport Session is now open!!

 

Wednesdays 10/8/13 to 11/20/13 at either 6:15 or 7:00 depending on athlete grouping.

All sessions will be held at the Matthaei Physical Education Building on the campus of Wayne State University.

Click here to register for the Fall 2013 Gym Multisport Session

 
2013 bowling fundraiser PDF Print E-mail

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Come one! Come all! Please join us for a night of fun, bowling, raffles, 50/50 and entertainment to raise money for Athletes with Autism!

 

When: May 18, 2013
Where: Oak Lanes
8450 N Middlebelt
Westland, MI

Time: 6pm-?

Cost: $20 per bowler*
$10 non bowler**
* Cost includes 3 games, shoe rental, entry for door prize & pizza
** Cost includes entry for door prize & pizza

CASH BAR • LIVE BAND • MANY RAFFLE ITEMS • 50/50 • TROPHIES

Click here to register for this exciting event!!

 
Winter 2013 Multi-Sport Overview PDF Print E-mail

Athletes with Autism is kicking off the Winter 2013 Multi-Sport Session with a "Meet Your Coach in the Gym" night scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Matthaei Physical Education Building at Wayne State University. Each registered athlete and his/her family will be invited to individually scheduled time slots beginning at 10:00AM that day in order to be oriented to the program and meet with the coaches.  This time in the gymnasium is invaluable to us, as it will help us get to know each child and assure he/she is enrolled in the session that best addresses his/her individual needs. 

Dates for the Athletes with Autism Multi-Sport Session are Wednesdays, 1/23/13-3/6/13

Group 1: 6:15 PM-6:55 PM Sports Skills Group
Group 2: 7:00 PM-7:45 PM Sports Club Group

Your athlete's group assignment will be determined by results from the Meet Your Coach event. It is important that athletes attend this event! Athletes who cannot attend this event will not be placed in the weekly program.

See you in the gym!


 

 
Spring Swimming 2013 PDF Print E-mail

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***Registration and the waiting list for this event have closed. We hope to contact those on the waiting list to invite them to participate following the "meet your coach" event. ***


Athletes with Autism is kicking off the Spring 2013 Swim Session with a "Meet Your Coach at the Pool" night scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Matthaei Physical Education Building at Wayne State University. Each athlete and his/her family will be invited to individually scheduled time slots beginning at 6:00PM that evening in order to be oriented to the pool and locker room facilities, as well as, spend a brief period of time in the pool with the coaches.  This time in the pool is invaluable to us, as it will help us get to know each child and assure he/she is enrolled in the session that best addresses his/her individual needs.

Dates for the Athletes with Autism Swim Session are Wednesdays, 5/22/13-6/26/13

Your athlete will be assigned to one of the following groups based on a skill assessment completed at the "Meet Your Coach at the Pool" event.

Group 1 6:30 PM -7:10 PM Water Exploration (12 athletes maximum in this session)

Group 2 7:15PM- 7:55 PM Swim Program (16 athletes maximum in this session)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
Fall 2012 Multi-Sport Overview PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Athletes with Autism is kicking off the Fall 2012 Multi-Sport Session with a "Meet Your Coach in the Gym" night scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Matthaei Physical Education Building at Wayne State University. Each registered athlete and his/her family will be invited to individually scheduled time slots beginning at 6:00PM that evening in order to be oriented to the program and meet with the coaches.  This time in the gymnasium is invaluable to us, as it will help us get to know each child and assure he/she is enrolled in the session that best addresses his/her individual needs. 

Dates for the Athletes with Autism Multi-Sport Session are Wednesdays, 9/26/12-11/14/12

Group 1: 6:15 PM-6:55 PM Sports Skills Group (12 athletes maximum in this session)
Group 2: 7:00 PM-7:40 PM Sports Club Group (18 athletes maximum in this session)

Here are some basic guidelines when registering your athlete for our Fall 2012 session:

Register your child for the Sports Skills Group if he/she needs to learn or improve his/her fundamental sports skills and personal/social skills, such as:

  • · running/jogging with a goal/purpose while changing directions quickly and safely

  • · jumping and landing safely

  • · throwing accurately to a partner

  • · catching a ball that is thrown

  • · using a racquet or bat to strike a ball

  • · dribbling a basketball while moving/jogging

  • · taking turns with a partner

  • · working in a small group

  • · waiting while others are working

Register your child for the Sports Club Group if he/she needs to learn how to combine sports skills in a game-like setting and/or learn basic offensive and defensive, such as:

  • Dribbling and passing the basketball to a partner, while running

  • Performing a lay-up

  • Moving into position to strike a tennis ball (moving to meet the ball)

  • Striking and returning a tossed tennis ball

  • Hitting a pitched ball

  • Running the bases and stopping at the appropriate base

  • Fielding a ball that has been hit or thrown to them and throwing it back their partner

  • Learning and applying basic offensive and defensive strategies in a game-like situation

If you are unsure about which section to register your athlete, place him/her in the LOWER session. We can make adjustments to session enrollments, as needed, based on athletes' skill level at the September 14th "Meet Your Coach at the Gym" night.

See you in the gym!

 

 


 
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