Bear Cubs Running Team was developed in 2015 to meet the needs of integration and inclusion, family support, and improved health of children with ASD. Founded at Washington
University in St. Louis, Bear Cubs is a university-based program that improves the lives of
children, and their siblings and parents, through free, weekly athletic practices.

Children with intellectual and physical disabilities are frequently excluded from group sports, thus prolonging social isolation, perpetuating perceived incompetence in physical activity, and compounding issues with physical health. Due to a greater need in our community Bear Cubs Running Team is now open to children with all special needs.

Bear Cubs Running Team solves the current absence of consistent, accommodating, and
accessible athletic opportunities for families of children with special needs by providing free, weekly running programs led by volunteer varsity college student-athletes. The program emphasizes teamwork, friendship, and positive exercise culture. Our goal is to make every child in our program feel confident in their abilities, no matter what they are.