Shepherd Center sponsors 11 sports teams that enable individuals with physical disabilities in the Atlanta area to participate in sports on a recreational or competitive level.
Athletes compete in local and regional competitions, as well as at the national and international levels. Regular practice sessions offer expert instruction, as well as camaraderie and peer support. Shepherd Center’s sports teams program raises awareness about disabilities and increases participation in disabled sports.
Joining a Team
Membership on a Shepherd Center sports team is open to athletes with any type of a physical disability, as long as the disability falls within the guidelines of the sport. For more information about becoming an athlete, or to sponsor the sports team program, call 404-367-1287 or email Matt Edens.
More than 100 athletes participate in Shepherd’s team practices. Shepherd Center athletes have won national and international competitions, with several athletes holding world records. In fact, more than 20 athletes from Shepherd Center have qualified to represent the US in their sports during the last several Paralympic games and several have won medals.
Shepherd Center sponsors the largest disabled sports program in North America. Teams include: basketball; power soccer; riflery; track; quad rugby; swimming; waterskiing; fencing; handcycling; kayaking and bass fishing.
|Shepherd Swords||Fencing||Year Round||Saturdays: 10a.m.-2p.m.|
|Shepherd Shooters||Riflery||January-September||Wednesdays: 6-7 p.m.|
|Shepherd Spinners||Track||March-October||Mondays & Wednesdays:
6 - 8:30p.m.
|Shepherd Stealers||Basketball||August-March||Tuesdays & Thursdays:
6:30 - 9p.m.
|Shepherd Sharks||Swimming||November-March||Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6-8p.m.|
|Shepherd Skiers||Water Skiing||March-September||Individual practice times|
|Shepherd Strikers||Power Soccer||September-May||Mondays & Fridays: 5p.m.|
|Shepherd Smash||Quad Rugby||Year Round||Mondays & Wednesdays:
7 - 9p.m.
|Shepherd Stringers||Bass Fishing||Year Round||Individual practice times|
|Shepherd Cyclers||Handcycling||Year Round||Saturday 8-11:30|