BAWSI Rollers

The BAWSI Rollers program provides fun, adaptive physical activities for girls and boys with physical, cognitive and hearing disabilities.

Through a fun and active curriculum that includes games like basketball, soccer, and sharks and minnows, the BAWSI Rollers program helps participants develop hand-eye coordination, strength, confidence and a sense of independence.

Weekly sessions include activities focused on goal setting, teamwork, and healthy competition, as well as spirited conversations about self-respect, responsibility, and leadership.


to resiliency and opportunity…

BAWSI Rollers Framework

BAWSI Rollers Curriculum


fun, physical activity to move the body; and mindfulness to quiet the brain and combat the toxic stress of poverty.

• Introducing multiple sports and fun games for cardiovascular activity.


to a caring adult who provides unconditional encouragement, models positive choices and an alternative path for life.

• Children connect with the same two BAWSI staff members each week.
• Our ratio of role model coaches to BAWSI Rollers is kept low for attention and connection.


belief that her/his own actions, beliefs, and ideas matter. Positive recognition for expressing, sharing, and leading.

• BAWSI Rollers are asked to think and share their own ideas about how to work together, be a good teammate and input to other “words of the week” topics.


boundaries and routines that help set high expectations for her/his own behavior, accomplishments & achievements.

• “Words of the week” provide clear expectations for what it means to be a BAWSI Roller.
• Low coach to participant ratios allow for pull-outs and coaching around positive team behavior

Skills for Life

teamwork, collaboration, communication and more pro-social behaviors that enable success.

• Each week every game, team assignment, and exercise is intentionally selected to give our BAWSI Rollers direct experience with positive life skills

Sense of Belonging

feeling like a valued member of a positive group or community.

• Starting with a membership card and ending with a closing cheer and BAWSI song, each BAWSI session is about building an inclusive, engaging team environment and camaraderie that lasts well beyond our time together on the playgrounds.

BAWSI Rollers Site Model


Local Schools

Free to students and school, offered during school.



Children with disabilities ages 5-12
5-25 participants per site

Athlete Leaders

2 BAWSI-paid part-time staffers manage and lead site

Volunteer Athletes

4-20 female athlete volunteers from local universities, junior colleges & high schools

Classroom Instructors

Teachers & Aides provide individual assistance with activities


Support Staff

School administrators help with recruitment, registration & retention


Current BAWSI Rollers Sites

Fammatre Elementary     cognitive disabilities*

Oster Elementary     hearing disabilities

Blackford Elementary     physical disabilities

Pomeroy Elementary     cognitive disabilities*

CHONC Pediatric Hospital     catastrophically injured and severely disabled

Hubbard Media Arts Academy      cognitive disabilities*

Bracher Elementary     cognitive disabilities*

Ellis Elementary  cognitive disabilities*

*Cognitive disabilities site include but not limited to autism, downs syndrome, and emotional disabilities.

Bay Area map with BAWSI GIrls sites