Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreation organization that offers year-round programming for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. By adapting the pace, equipment, or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed.

Courage League Sports was inspired by Jack, who at the age of eight, suffered multiple strokes that forever changed his life. Frustrated at the lack of options for her son, Melissa Clarke-Wharff opened Courage League Sports in Urbandale where those with special needs could participate and be active outside of a therapy atmosphere. Today, Courage League serves nearly 1,000 kids & 500 adults on a monthly basis in the greater Des Moines area.

This year, Courage League Sports opened their first licensed location in Iowa City, Iowa. The inspiration for Courage League Sports Iowa City has a story similar to Jack’s… Ten year old Sam is a happy, healthy boy who is primarily nonverbal, with cognitive and physical delays. Sam is unable to participate with his peers in typical sports and recreational activities. Sam’s circumstances and interests provided his parents the desire to open an Iowa City location and bring year-round adapted play to eastern Iowa! Courage League Sports Iowa City is currently operating out of Tiffin Elementary in Tiffin, Iowa.

Adaptive Programs


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Session 3 Starts January 15th!

 


 

 

Iowa City Adapted Play Registration

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  • Ages
    2-6

    Courage Cubs

    Winter Programming Starts Monday, December 3rd Activities designed to match the energy level of preschoolers. We adapt our programs through the use of interactive technology, upbeat rhythmic music, basic tumbling activities, sensory stimulation and other adapted activities built to meet the needs of your child. Tumbling Music and Movement Programs Adaptive Sports Social Skills Development… Read more »

    Courage Cubs
  • Ages
    7-10

    Courage Tigers

    Winter Programming Starts Monday, December 3rd New programs built for our younger school age participant’s abilities. We adapt our programs for all abilities while incorporating fun and social development, with core, balance, upper body development. Art Programming Tiger League Play Drama Programming Music and Movement Classes Autism Programs Team Sports   Class Descriptions  Register for… Read more »

    Courage Tigers
  • Ages
    11-14

    Courage Lions

    Winter Programming Starts Monday, December 3rd Adaptive programming to meet their developing bodies and social skills. Sports and Field Game League Art Programming Interactive Aerobic Drumming Autism Programs Team Sports Karaoke Cycling Drama Programming Class Descriptions CLUB SPORTS In today’s world of fast-pace, competitive sports, youth with special needs are often sidelined due to risk… Read more »

    Courage Lions
  • Ages
    15-18

    Courage Panthers

    Winter Programming Starts Monday, December 3rd Adaptive programming to meet their developing bodies and social skills. Sports and Field Game League Art Programming Interactive Aerobic Drumming Autism Programs Team Sports Karaoke Cycling Drama Programming Class Descriptions CLUB SPORTS In today’s world of fast-pace, competitive sports, youth with special needs are often sidelined due to risk… Read more »

    Courage Panthers
  • Ages
    19+

    Active Adults

    Winter Programming Begins Monday, December 3rd! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is equally important as developing a healthy lifestyle in the formative years. Our programs will grow with our participants and to their abilities from sitting to standing! Adaptive programs offered Monday-Friday at 10AM and 1PM! Karaoke Cycling Music and movement classes Adaptive Sports/Field game play… Read more »

    Active Adults
  • Drama and Music

    Drama Programs Ready to take a bow in front of adoring fans? Come be in a play with Courage League’s NEW drama club: Encore Ensemble! Each participant will audition, rehearse and perform in Courage League’s adaptation of The Jungle Book. Once rehearsing is done, an audience of friends and family will watch Mowgli, Bagheera, and Baloo the… Read more »

    Drama and Music
  • Team Sports

    Courage League Sports is excited to offer team sports designed for participants who are unable to go “full speed” due to a physical, cognitive or emotional challenge. Each sport is a four week program that includes weekly practice along with game play on Saturday mornings. The first half hour will consist of drill and station work, followed by… Read more »

    Team Sports
  • Ch.A.A.M.P.S.

    ChAAMPS Youth Sports Leagues Champions are fighters that never stop believing. Champions believe in themselves even when nobody else does. We’re all champions, but sometimes it takes a little more encouragement to find that champion inside of us. Has your child with high functioning ADHD, Autism, Aspergers been sidelined from games? Discouraged that they can’t… Read more »

    Ch.A.A.M.P.S.
  • stART

    stART: Tuesdays this Summer! stART is designed as a introductory art program for children and adults with disabilities. Within this program participants will develop their fine motor skills while also exercising creative thinking and problem solving skills. Participants will develop and enhance these skills through the use of a wide range of art materials. Individuals… Read more »

    stART
  • Special Olympics

    Basketball   Cheer & Dance Tennis   Unified Golf

    Special Olympics
  • Adaptive Swimming

    Our adaptive swimming programs help to set your loved one up for success! Our endless pool spa is located in a private and noise controlled room to provide a positive aquatic experience. The pool temperature is set to 90 degrees to assist with smooth transitions in and out of the water. Utilizing a 1:1 or… Read more »

    Adaptive Swimming
  • Ankeny

    Due to low attendance and staffing CLS Ankeny will only be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6PM.  Click one of the flyers below to register for Team Sports. Class Descriptions Cubs (2-6 Years) | Tigers (7-10 Years) Lions (11-14 Years) | Panthers (15 – 19 Years) Adults (19+ Years)    

    Ankeny
  • Outside Our Walls

      Adaptive Sports Days  

    Outside Our Walls
  • Iowa City

    Are you looking to support our programs? Check out our new Amazon wishlist! Session 3 Starts January 15th!        

    Iowa City
  • Summer Camps

    Courage League Summer Sports Camp – 2018 Over the course of our summer, CLS will offer a wide variety of Summer Camp opportunities for kids of all ages. Deadline to register is 2 weeks prior to each session! Cost per Camp Members: Cubs, Tigers, Lions, Panthers – Free Non-Members: Cubs & Tigers – $30, Lions… Read more »

    Summer Camps