Despite public awareness of these issues and their consequences, practical and effective solutions remain elusive. Children faced with weight problems and learning disabilities have limited success in most of the athletic choices available to the mainstream of children. For these children, participating in affordable and convenient, community league sports such as baseball, football, basketball, and soccer often results in being chosen last and played the least. Feeling ostracized and sitting on the bench not only defeats the purpose, it negatively affects emotional well-being and self-esteem.
The DFF has identified gymnastics schools as the logical choice for promoting kid fitness, and helping children with special needs. Gymnastics facilities are designed for use by children. The facilities are colorful, family friendly, and filled with young, wholesome, energetic coaches who can serve as role models and motivators through their love of working with children in athletic activities. Additionally, the gymnastics community is highly organized and far reaching. There will be numerous gymnastics clubs in many communities across the country that would eagerly embrace and be thrilled to serve this group of children.
The DFF program committee will coordinate with the participating gymnastics schools and deliver the following assistance: