Champions Committed To KIDS
Champions Committed to KIDS was formed with one purpose—to take KIDS who are fighting chronic illnesses and give them a chance to feel what its like to be part of an athletic team. To know what it means to be a teammate, to have a feeling of fellowship and a chance to build lifelong friendships.
Partnering with our two local hospitals, Cox Health and Mercy, we take children with medical conditions and disabilities and place them with local athletic programs.
These KIDS become official teammates of the school they are partnered with and develop a relationship with these athletes and coaches. We work with children from the age of 5 years up to 18 years old. We give these children and their families an opportunity to forget about their illness and all of the medication, doctors visits and therapy they endure and let them focus on something joyful, a feeling of hope.
As part of our program we interview the child and the family and find out all of the details concerning them and what sport and school the child and family likes. We then meet with the team and the coaches and give them the background of the child and let them know what is expected of them. We then introduce the child and family to the team and that is where the coach will present the child with a shirt and some gifts and ask them to become a part of their team. We require that the athletes rotate 2 players a week who will visit with the child outside of the games and practices.