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.

BAWSI Roller is excited to complete the session

The BAWSI Rollers Program

A.C.C.E.S.S.

to resiliency and opportunity…

BAWSI Rollers Framework

BAWSI Rollers Curriculum

Activity

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.

Connection

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.

Contribution

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.

Expectations

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.

Typical BAWSI Rollers Site

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Local Schools

Free to students and school, offered during school.
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Participants

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 who help with recruitment, registration & retention

 

Current BAWSI Rollers Sites

Farnham Elementary     cognitive disabilities*
Oster Elementary     hearing disabilities
Blackford Elementary     physical disabilities
Montague Elementary     cognitive disabilities*
Saratoga Sub-Acute Hospital     physical & cognitive disabilities
Nesbit Elementary     cognitive disabilities*
Vargas Elementary     physical & cognitive disabilities*

Majestic Way Elementary  physical & cognitive disabilities*

*Cognitive disabilities site include but not limited to autism, downs syndrome, and emotional disabilities.
Bay Area map with BAWSI GIrls sites