WELCOME to Bounce Out the Stigma ®, Founded in 2005. . .
Our Project is Special, Our Kids Are Unique, & the Wonderful Thing About Both is Everything.

Stigma is NOT a Physical Limitation, Nor is it an Illness.
It is a ‘LABEL’ Applied BY OTHERS, Based on THEIR Perception, That Says ‘YOU Can’t.’
Our Program Teaches You CAN and You WILL!

Stigma – We Believe in Change

Autistic, ADD, ADHD, Epileptic, No Attention, Daydreamer, Slow, Spazz, Dummy” and many times even WORSE . . .Too many kids are given these cruel “labels” before they learn to read. These are “hurtful terms” with sometimes tragic outcomes. Many children, young adults, and their parents are confronted with these issues daily. What often accompanies these “terms” is peer bullying and restriction from activities!  Kids are targeted and again branded by many as having limited capacities in motor skills, emotional comprehension, and too often, intelligence to participate or interact within “normal” activities. This removes this group from normal confidence-building accomplishments.

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Unfortunately, the spectrums are being expanded by non-vested groups to further attach a label to young kids. With one broad stroke, a child cannot play in a community rec program or school events. This forces more kids and parents to feel ostracized from mainstream recreation programs. Kids are separated from peers, peers view the kids differently and parents try to cope.  In many cases, kids are placed on prescribed medications that may further hamper motor and learning development. This “roller coaster of community diagnosis” further limiting children and telling kids, “You cannot do that, so don’t even try”.

Our Mission – Changing Lives 

The Bounce Out the Stigma® Project seeks to empower those kids and young adults with special needs who find themselves the VICTIMS of these labels. Children with special needs are confronted with more than enough challenges in life without facing the battle of having perceived limitations. Far too often, these kids hear, ‘You Can’t’,  BEFORE they have even tried!  Stigma is a perceived limitation placed in the path of potential success . . . the by-product for children results in shame, fear, isolation, and distrust. 

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Empowerment – My Will Defines My Limits

Many of the kids entering our Programs have never been given fair opportunities to truly experience basketball fun or have a group of peers supporting and cheering on their physical achievements.  Equally sad, many parents have never seen a trophy, medal, or award given to their child. Bounce Out the Stigma uses basketball and our unique motor skill development exercises to instill self-confidence, provide unique peer support, and create a true sense of achievement for the special needs family.

Our Mission, Empower Kids to Believe. . .YES, THEY CAN!

Overcoming Labels,
We Build Self Confidence

Autistic, ADD, ADHD, Epileptic, No Attention, Daydreamer, Slow, Spazz, Dummy” and many times even WORSE. . . Too many kids are given these cruel “labels” before they learn to read.

These are “hurtful terms” with sometimes tragic outcomes. Many children, young adults, and their parents are confronted with these issues daily. What often accompanies these “terms” is peer bullying and restriction from activities! Kids are targeted and again branded by many as having limited capacities in motor skills, emotional comprehension, and too often, intelligence to participate or interact within “normal” activities. This removes this group from normal confidence-building accomplishments. Unfortunately, the spectrums are being expanded by non-vested groups to further attach a label to young kids.

With one broad stroke, a child cannot play in a community rec program or school events. This forces more kids and parents to feel ostracized from mainstream recreation programs. Kids are separated from peers, peers view the kids differently and parents try to cope. In many cases, kids are placed on prescribed medications that may further hamper motor and learning development. This “roller coaster of community diagnosis” further limiting children and telling kids, “You cannot do that, so don’t even try”.

We Empower

The Bounce Out the Stigma® Project seeks to empower those kids and young adults with special needs who find themselves the VICTIMS of these labels. Children with special needs are confronted with more than enough challenges in life without facing the battle of having perceived limitations.

Far too often, these kids hear, ‘You Can’t’, BEFORE they have even tried! Stigma is a perceived limitation placed in the path of potential success . . . the by-product for children results in shame, fear, isolation, and distrust.

The Bounce Out the Stigma Project’s Primary Goal is Empowerment,
“Limits Will NOT Define You, Your WILL Defines Your Limits.
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Many of the kids entering our Programs have never been given fair opportunities to truly experience basketball fun or have a group of peers supporting cheering their physical achievements. Bounce Out the Stigma uses basketball and our unique motor skill development exercises to instill self-confidence, provide unique peer support and instill a real sense of achievement.

We teach Kids and Parents to Believe that YES, THEY CAN!

Bounce Out the Stigma Mission

Mike Simmel

Our Genesis
A Boy’s Experience that Becomes a Cause

What happens when a boy is asked to leave a basketball camp because he had a seizure and his parents’ fight to have him stay? Mike Simmel is no stranger to childhood adversity, diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 2 he was placed in Special Ed Gym classes because he could not hop, skip, or jump. He understands firsthand the stigma […] Learn More→

Mike Simmel

Our Core Values

OUR BELIEF

IT'S ABOUT EMPOWERING KIDS TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES

WE BELIEVE, any child regardless of medical, emotional, or physical issue can empower themselves to achieve their scaleable dreams. When does a childhood diagnosis become a “label” that turns into a stigma and an emotional scar? Children meet peer taunts, school isolation, and a system designed to make them not feel special but different.
WE WORK with them to empower their self-confidence. [ …  ] Learn More→

OUR PROGRAMS

THERE ARE NO LIMITS IN LIFE

OUR  PROGRAMS are centered around basketball they teach kids AND THEIR parents, that they do not need to sit in the corner watching others have fun. We don’t put kids in a corner or on the sidelines, they are the center of our attention ON THE COURT! They experience the thrill of playing and hearing cheers. Our programs develop self-confidence, peer trust, motor skills, and emotional development, unlike any other program.[…] Learn More→