Special Needs Program

The Round Star Foundation Special Needs Program teaches the fundamental skills of soccer to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while also using the sport as a vehicle to develop a variety of life skills.

Round Star partners with the New York City Department of Education to provide soccer to public school students in District 75. The classes utilize a developmentally appropriate curriculum, designed by licensed therapists, educators, and soccer experts to promote the complete growth of each player. The program encourages each player to improve at his or her own pace in a safe environment to enhance peer to peer interactions and increasing their social potential.

GOALS:

  • Round Star Foundation works closely with the Department of Education and District 75 schools to provide programing that enhances the experience of children with special needs.
  • To promote independent living, enhance self-image, and increase physical activity through soccer.
  • Our curriculum promotes five key developmental areas:
    1. Social Development: Enable children to develop positive interaction with coaches and peers.

    2. Motor Development: Develop children's motor skills, improve their physical movement and overall performance.

    3. Psychological Development: Increase the participant's motivation toward physical activities and help them gain independence.

    4. Language Development: Improve the participant's communication skills.

    5. Cognitive Development: Help children understand and follow multiple instructions.

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OUTCOMES:

Participants have displayed the following achievements:

  • Social Development: Enable children to develop positive interaction with coaches and peers.
  • Motor Development: Develop children's motor skills, improve their physical movement and overall performance.
  • Psychological Development: Increase the participant's motivation toward physical activities and help them gain independence.
  • Language Development: Improve the participant's communication skills.
  • Cognitive Development: Help children understand and follow multiple instructions.

DISTRICT 75 PARTNER SCHOOLS:

  • Manhattan:
    • M811
    • M811 HE
    • M811 HW
    • P138
  • Bronx:
    • P10X
    • P176X
    • P723X
    • Mott Haven High School
  • Brooklyn:
    • P231K
    • P369K
  • Queens:
    • P4Q
    • P75Q
    • P277Q
  • Staten Island:
    • P373