Melissa Clarke-Wharff is the Founder and President of Courage League Sports, which is located in Urbandale, Iowa. The organization is an adaptive recreational facility for kids and adults with special needs. Their motto is a simple one… “Everybody Deserves to Play”. Who can argue with that? But for the people Courage League Sports serves, it isn’t always that easy.
Due to physical, cognitive, and sometimes emotional challenges, the clientele of Courage League Sports doesn’t always fit into the traditional norms that society provides for involvement in physical activity. Therefore, they offer a wide range of adaptive fitness, music/motion, and sports programs. The ability to participate in the activities they provide offers physical benefits, but emotional benefits too.
Courage League Sports has seen tremendous growth since they began in 2012. They’ve done so, like many successful businesses and organizations, with a lot of hard work. But Melissa would quickly point out that they have also been successful due to a tremendous amount of volunteer support and some wonderful strategic partnerships. Courage Leagues Sports has worked with local schools, Special Olympics of Iowa, and Miracle League, just to name a few.
While they have seen much progress, they know that there is still more that needs to be done; people who remain under served in the community. They are always looking for more good volunteers to assist their cause and even have some internship opportunities available for qualified individuals in the coming year.
The Rotary Club of West Polk County is grateful to Melissa for attending our meeting and sharing the latest information on her organization. She was invited by Rotarian Mike Bonnett of R&R Realty (pictured above). If you would like to learn more about Courage League Sports, please visit their website at www.courageleaguesports.com.