Empower Sports


To use sports and exercise to enrich the lives of athletes of diverse challenges, and to promote kindness, character, and service.


That all athletes with special needs would have access to meaningful sports and exercise programs that create tolerance and friendship between those with disabilities and their typically-functioning peers.

Get to Know Us

Empower Sports is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and exercise programs for children and adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities. We value diversity, relationships, service, and empathy.

To put it simply, we are sports junkies. We grew up playing the games we love, and now as dedicated professionals we are working to provide those opportunities to those in need while fostering relationships between individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Founded in 2009 around a single event, our Everyone Wins initiative has grown to include year-round programming serving more than 300 families in Northeast Ohio. Everyone Wins provides athletes with special needs rewarding social experiences through the games they love. Programs emphasize socialization skills, self-esteem, teamwork, discipline and (most importantly) HAVING FUN!

Provider Information
Tom Heines Founder/Executive Director
Greater Northeast Ohio