Meet Michelle Bautista
Michelle Bautista, our cover girl on the 2014 issue of Flourishing Families, is killing it on the courts. Her Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA) wheelchair basketball team, San Diego Hammer, went to nationals last year and expects to move forward from regionals again this year. Michelle, a freshman at Valhalla High School, has been a member of ASRA’s basketball program for 10 years. As a small forward, her job is just as much defense as it is offense. A wheelchair team has five players on the court. Michelle must drive and guard the ball, shoot from long distances, and defend and steal the ball as the other team drives.

Michelle’s experience has enhanced her social game as she builds connections with other teams and national coaches, most notably at the University of Arizona’s summer basketball camp. The women’s team coach introduced Michelle to collegiate level play to prepare for that next big step, as team participation really helps with the social aspect of transitioning to college.

Michelle’s participation in sports not only maintains a balance of physical and mental health, it also helps teach others that every sport is for everyone, regardless of ability.

Flourishing Families is committed to maintaining an ever-growing list of recreational opportunities for students with physical challenges, as well as intellectual and developmental delay. Visit the Recreation sections of Flourishing Families to discover programs: Find the San Diego listing here and the Imperial County listing here.

Emily Dolton is a local mom and resource parent.