What is “Meaningful Participation?”

What is “Meaningful Participation?”

Chicago Superstars is not a team focused on competition.  We do not play other teams and/or worry about the end score of a scrimmage.  We do focus on fun, meaningful participation.  How do we do this?  We let kids pick what warm up stretch they want to do, they get a choice.  We give kids a chance to actually be the coach, having he or she come up with an obstacle course and direct their teammates.  We let the child decide when he or she need a break, encouraging them to communicate their needs to us...

Buddy Up

Buddy Up

What’s up with the all the buddies?  Chicago Superstars pairs each child up with an older peer.  There are several reasons for doing so.

Most children are nervous when joining a new group, especially if they don’t have a friend going with them.  To help ease the anxiety, we buddy up!  What little one doesn’t love the attention of an older child?  As soon as a new child joins Chicago Superstars they have an instant friend that stays by their side to walk them through the ropes...

Belonging to a Team

Belonging to a Team

Every child wants to belong to teams.  However, sometimes belonging doesn’t come easy if you are working with a disability.  What if the child can’t understand directions? What if he/she tires easily?  What if that child loves sports but can’t keep up with his/her peers?    

Even non-disabled peers want to have skills that mirror their peers.  Being on a basketball team isn’t much fun if only the superstars get all the court time.  At a very young age, children start to compare their abilities to others...