The Wolves Basketball Academy is running a Basketball clinic for children with Autism and spectrum disorders. Starting in October 2016 we will have 14 clinics on Saturday mornings at The Newmark School. Every week I have a few adults and up to 15 of my players that I coach assisting me teach these kids the basics of basketball in a fun and warm environment. The parents have been so thankful that this type of program is available to them and their children.
Please see some testimonials below.
“We are extremely grateful for this program that allows our son to participate and feel included. The coaches, and peer volunteers are always caring, compassionate and motivating. Coach Jeff has been a consistent positive role model who has made an enormous difference in our son’s life over the past years. He continues to grow in not only the area of basketball skills, but social skills, life skills along with building life- long friendships.”
Christine & Frederick Makasakit
“The program IS great. Thank you and your crew for all of your hard work and dedication. This program is about way more than basketball. Its also about belonging, participating and having something to look forward to on an otherwise quiet weekend. These kids don’t have many opportunities to socialize in a program where they feel safe and comfortable. Not to mention, they are getting exercise.
We look forward to starting up again in the fall.”
“I want to compliment you on the clinic. Of all the different sports-related activities we have tried with Matt yours is the best by far!”
“I cannot thank Jeff and his team The Wolves enough for such a great clinic they ran on Saturday! My son Danny loved it and learned a lot in one day. As a parent watching I was amazed at how fast the time went. This type of program is so amazing not just for children with challenges but for the model players they both learn from each other.”
“Guys thanks so much Danny had a great time!!! As Jeff said you were awesome! Thanks again to Jeff Mayerson your vision made such an impact on these children!”
“Thank you Jeff!
The Nole twins are really enjoying themselves. We can see you are a great coach and we hope your program will continue.”
“Thank you Jeff!
My son Kester had a blast! We hope they can continue with this awesome program! Kudos!”
I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to you for coordinating this program. Our son, Diego attended the sessions and absolutely LOVED it. He has wanted to learn how to play basketball for quite some time, but does not feel comfortable playing on a regular team due to challenges with his diagnosis. This was a great place for him to start and just have fun, while learning basic skills of the game. He was so excited at the end of every session and asked if he could go back for more.
You did a great job of organizing the clinics and the mentors were all terrific. Our son felt comfortable and was able to be himself with other kids who share similar challenges.
We so appreciate your thoughtfulness to have a clinic for children with special needs. We can tell you that sports is a favorite pastime for our son. It helps him to build physical stamina and strength, have lots of fun, builds confidence, and builds teamwork, social, and problem-solving skills – something incredibly important for all children.
Thank you for your efforts and know that you are appreciated.
Keep up the great work!
Diego is asking for more clinics :-)”
Regards, The Family Diego, Elisabeth, and Diego
“Again and as always, Thank you so very much for all you do with this program. It has been and continues to be the highlight of Nick’s week. He excitedly begins to anticipate the next session before we leave the parking lot at the end of each time with you. I cannot express how grateful we are to have this opportunity for Nick.”
“Thank you wolves academy for this wonderful inclusive program! Coach Jeff , all the staff and the volunteers do a great job of teaching the basic skills of basketball while providing a venue for children with autism to feel accepted and proud ! My son truly is enjoying this experience!”
“What a terrific experience this has been – Jeff has developed a terrific inclusion league that is competitive & enjoyable for all! “
“Wolves basketball academy has given me a new appreciation for life and allowed to me to give back while still having fun. Thank you!”
“Jeff runs an amazing basketball league for middle school and high school. The inclusion aspect for my son offers a unique opportunity for him to play a sport he really likes with so many welcoming peers. In just a couple of weeks I see how this setting has improved my sons basketball skills, but most importantly, it has instilled in him a renewed confidence and pride in his capabilities and a chance for him to further develop his social skills.”
“Jeff successfully balances the flexible needs of the inclusion kids, while maintaining a completive spirit for all the kids; all in a fun filled game setting. Truly an exceptional occasion that should be replicated in other settings. Our many thanks for the chance to participate is such a great event.”
“The Wolves Basketball Academy has been fantastic for our daughter. Jeff has assembled a wonderful crew of coaches and volunteers. We look forward to the Saturday Wolves Basketball clinics.”
“My son Ethan looks forward to basketball each week. The boys are so amazing and kind towards Ethan, making him feel included. And whenever Ethan gets a basket, his smile lights up the room. Thanks Wolves Basketball Academy for making this all possible!”
“Great way for my son to get involved in organized sports and increase his social interaction skills!”
Benjamin J. Pearl