Shepherd Sports

The Fred, Shaler and Andrew Alias Sports Teams program at 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 Alias Family 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.

Athletes
More than 100 athletes participate in Alias Family Sports Teams 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 United States in their sports in the past several Paralympic games, and several have won medals.

Teams
Shepherd Center's Alias Family Sports Teams program sponsors the largest disabled sports program in North America. The teams are basketball, power soccer, riflery, track, quad rugby, swimming, waterskiing, fencing, handcycling, kayaking and bass fishing.

Practice Schedule

Team Name Sport Season Practice
Shepherd Swords Fencing All Year Sat 10am‐2pm
Shepherd Shooters Riflery Jan‐Sep Individual Practice Times
Shepherd Spinners Track Mar‐Oct Individual Practice Times/Clinics TBD
Shepherd Stealers Basketball Aug‐Mar Tue & Thu 6:00‐8pm
Shepherd Sharks Swimming Nov‐Mar Tue & Thu 6‐8pm
Shepherd Skiers Water Skiing Mar‐Sep Individual Practice Times
Shepherd Strikers Power Soccer Sep‐May Wed 4-6
Shepherd Smash Quad Rugby All Year Mon 5:30-8pm & Wed 6-8pm
Shepherd Sluggers Softball May-Aug TBD
Shepherd Stringers Bass Fishing All Year Individual Practice Times
Shepherd Cyclers Handcycling All Year Individual Practice Times/Clinics TBD