U.S. Paralympic Sport Club of St. Louis, MO

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

The Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Our Mission & Vision

All of those who live with a physical, visual disability or deaf or hard of hearing will be given the opportunity to participate in sports and fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem, growth and well-being while instilling family values.

The Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in therapeutic sport and fitness opportunities.  The athletes of DASA will be encouraged to seek their highest level of independence and become involved to the fullest extent with their non-disabled peers and their community as a whole.  Our programs introduce both children and adults to sports and fitness activities that promote physical fitness, self-confidence, family values, and a positive, team-building environment designed to encourage personal growth throughout all aspects of life. 

Our Philosophy

Motivational Opportunities and Rehabilitative Exercise (M.O.R.E.)

The M.O.R.E. concept is a strategy DASA utilizes to promote overall health and wellness, improve strength and endurance, and enhance learning best practices for daily functional activities such as transfers and chair mobility, among other abilities necessary for increased independence and a higher quality of life.

Through involvement in sport and fitness, clients/athletes decrease the risk of common ailments - such as pressure sores, bladder infections, weight gain, or loss of strength and endurance - all associated with a sedentary lifestyle or the result of a lack of necessary therapy that is vital to staying fit.  

DASA hopes to encourage a holistic, healthy lifestyle through a family-friendly environment implemented by the M.O.R.E. concept, and therefore empower individuals with physical disabilities to live to the best of their natural abilities with greater emotional and physical well-being.

Our Athletes

DASA recruits cognitively age-appropriate individuals 5 years of age and older living with permanent physical, visual, and hearing disabilities who have difficulty participating in sports with their non-disabled peers.

DASA Athletes' Disabilities vary, but include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hypotonia
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Amputation
  • Deaf, or Hard of Hearing
  • Visual Impairment
  • Epilepsy
    and more...

Our Inspiration

Kelly Behlmann, Founder and Executive DirectorIn 1997, Kelly Behlmann gave physical therapy to children with disabilities. Kelly dreamed of providing an affordable service to her kiddos that emphasized the abilities each child had rather than focusing on their disabilities.

What began as a dream has gone far beyond anything Kelly could have EVER imagined. While DASA maintains its original goals and core values, the organization has since expanded into a successfull sports club, grooming national champions, international record-breakers, and Paralympic gold-medalists. Along the way, DASA has also started community education programs, personal care training, and social outlets for youth with disabilities - as well as their families!


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DASA Staff
DASA Board of Directors
DASA Abilities Awareness
DASA Program Registration
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Paralympic Sport Club

Paralympic Sport Club of St. Louis

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has distinguished DASA as a U.S. Paralympic Sport Club.  This recognition carries with it the responsibilities to educate the community about disabled sports and to provide Olympic driven sport opportunities for people with disabilities, including Paralympic Experiences and Athlete Identification camps that also serve as a pipeline for the U.S. Paralympic Team.

Other Affiliations

Disabled Sports USA

Adaptive Sports USA


 

Annual Report & 990

The Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in adaptive sport and fitness opportunities.  DASA relies heavily upon fundraising events, grants, and individual and corporate donations to sustain its mission. 

Contact Us

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

1236 Jungermann Rd., Suite A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Email Us: meghang@dasasports.org
Phone : 636-477-0716
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