This month on Fox 8 Cleveland’s Own, Matt is excited to introduce you to Empower Sports.

Empower Sports is a local nonprofit that provides year-round sports and exercise programs for kids and adults with special needs. They exist to “enrich the lives of athletes of diverse challenges through sports and exercise while promoting kindness, character, and tolerance.” Matt had the chance to sit with Tom Haines, Founder & Executive Director of Empower Sports, and chat about its history, what is going on with the program, and how you can get involved.

“It’s truly our community and the city of Cleveland that has enabled us to grow and become bigger and better every year.”

Tom Haines, Founder & Executive Director, Empower Sports

Founded in 2012, Empower Sports helps brings a diverse group of athletes together to ensure no one is left on the sidelines. The run several sports and exercise programs, including: basketball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, fitness classes, and much more. They bring in groups athletes together play right alongside volunteers and their typically-developing peers. This helps to build socialization skills, self-esteem, and fitness.

Visit to learn more about how to get involved with Empower Sports either through volunteering or financial support.

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