At the center of it all are the heroes - our RallyPlayers! A “RallyPlayer” is a boy or girl—age 7 or older, with physical and/or intellectual special needs—who participates in RallyCap Sports programs and events. Each RallyPlayer is special in his or her own way and should be treated with respect and dignity. We believe our RallyPlayers can do anything they set their hearts and minds to and it is our mission to provide a place where they feel accepted, loved and supported.
all are welcome at rallycap sports
At RallyCap Sports we believe children and young adults with special needs should have the opportunity to enjoy sports just like anyone else! Inclusion is at the foundation of everything we do, so we have built a program that everyone can participate in. With a one-on-one dedicated Buddy, special needs sports equipment, and special sports plans – our program is specifically designed to include everyone. RallyCap Sports is open to boys and girls, age 7 and older, with special needs of any kind – anything that prevents them from playing sports with their peers.
We believe our RallyPlayers are special no matter what abilities and needs they have, and together we will build a community where everyone gets to play!
Abilities Not "Disabilities"
In 2014, RallyCap Sports replaced all references to “disabled people” with the term “children and young adults with special needs.” This umbrella term is most commonly used in the United States today to refer to an individual who has been diagnosed with a medical or psychological condition that requires specialized assistance.
At RallyCap Sports, we believe that the use of limiting terminology such as “disabilities” hinders growth and caps expectations. We strive to create an environment in which our RallyPlayers can thrive and are empowered to achieve beyond what is expected of them. Our RallyPlayers often surprise themselves and their parents with the victories they experience in our sports sessions!
meet the rallyFamily
A RallyPlayer is a boy or girl, age 7 or older, with physical and/or intellectual special needs who participates in RallyCap Sports programs and events.
A “Buddy” is the name we give the passionate student volunteers of a RallyTeam who match up one-on-one with our RallyPlayers. A Buddy will have the unique opportunity to play one-on-one with their new friend during events—often they become a RallyPlayer’s best Buddy.
Each branch of RallyCap Sports is referred to as a “RallyChapter”. Our first expansion chapter began at Bowling Green State University, and we fondly refer to them as the BGSU RallyChapter.
The “RallyTeam” is the group of passionate volunteers who work together to provide RallyCap Sports in their community. This team is comprised of mostly students and a few faculty/staff, who come from all corners and backgrounds of a university. The RallyTeam is student led and all members seek to advance the mission and vision of RallyCap Sports.
The"RallyCore" is a group of dedicated students who manage and serve as leaders of the RallyTeam. This group of students work together to organize events, fundraise, recruit RallyTeam members and RallyPlayers, find RallyPartners, and much more! The "Core" is led by the Chapter Director and is a vital part of a successful RallyChapter.
"RallyAdvisor" is the name we give the university faculty or staff member who will oversee chapter activities as needed.
A "RallyPartner" is any business or business owner that makes a financial or in-kind donation, such as a donation for RallyTeam t-shirts, equipment, or any donation that helps a chapter continue impacting lives.
Founded in Central New Jersey, the RallyCap Sports organization includes founders Paul and Margo Hooker and their dedicated team of business professionals, all working to expand RallyCap’s impact.